Photo and Commentary ©2019 by Maylan Schurch
Friday, May 10, 2019

A couple of days ago I was heading home using Highway 900, near Issaquah, because it was the time of day when going south on I-405 is absolutely futile.

For much of the trip, a little tableau of tragedy toiled along in front of me. A flatbed tow truck is bearing what looks like a moderately heavy-duty pickup, whose front is badly smashed. Being towed behind it is a little Cooper Mini. The photo angle isn’t the best, but its front is also smashed in, though not as much as the pickup’s. (I’ve blanked out its license plate for privacy.)

I have no way of knowing, of course, whether these two vehicles brutalized each other, or whether they’re simply being jointly transported from a wrecking yard to an unknown destination. And when we consider the relative mass of the Cooper versus the pickup, it seems as though the latter would have done more damage to the former, rather than the other way around.

Anyway, at some point these vehicles experienced an unexpected and unpremeditated encounter, either with each other or with other vehicles. And even though I am only barely sentimental about cars, I hope they’ll be rehabilitated somewhere.

Humans crash spiritually once in awhile, and sometimes the emotional damage is severe enough to make them wonder if they’re worth salvaging. The apostle Paul, while he was still called Saul, remorselessly brutalized and even murdered Christians, only to discover to his horror that he was persecuting the Son of God. Afterward, he was not only abjectly penitent but eternally incredulous with joy. “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance,” he once wrote, “that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. (1 Timothy 1:15 NKJV)

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