Stuck in the Snow
I had to go up to our cabin today to check it. In general just make sure it has not been broken into, that there are no leaks, the furnace is working fine, etc. It takes about an hour to get there and I wanted to get in and out pretty quick. The HOA where our cabin is located does not allow you to park on the dirt roads; if you do they will tow you pretty quick. When I arrived there was only about 3-4 inches of snow in the driveway but it was packed hard! I could jump up and down on it and it would only depress about a quarter of an inch. I knew I would be there for at least an hour or two and was worried about leaving my car on the road so I didn’t block others and didn’t get towed.
I decided to pull my car in the driveway even though I ignored something in the back of my mind telling me not to. I distinctly remember thinking ‘Don’t do this, you will get stuck’ Then immediately after thinking ‘That’s just your own thought, you will probably be fine’ Looking back I realize that was the whisperings of the Holy Ghost trying to help me avoid making a mistake. I pulled in the driveway which is on a downward slope going in and an upward slope going out. I felt the car immediately start to sink in the snow and star to get stuck. I didn’t want to get stuck in the snow to I gave it more gas and made it into the garage where there was no snow, but knew I was in trouble. Having spent about 3 hours in the past once trying to help a contractor get his van out of the driveway when there was even less snow than this time I didn’t know what I was going to do. Plus the fact that I started to get stuck and spin out going DOWN the driveway made me know going up it would be even worse.
I quickly accomplished what I needed to do inside the house then started focusing on getting out of the driveway so I wouldn’t have to spend the night there. I tried driving out a few times and every time before even making it halfway out of the driveway the tires would start to spin. Luckily I was smart enough to never let it settle in to get stuck permanently and would hurry and throw it in reverse while I still had some traction and moment to get it back in the garage. I tried this several times with no success. I gave in and opened up some boxes of chain tires we had there and spent another 45 minutes to an hour trying to get them on one of the tires on my car. Eventually becoming extremely frustrated that there was something wrong with them I looked on the box and noticed my tire size was not on the list of ‘compatible tires’; the chains where too small to fit on our tires. I really had no other choice than to start scraping a path out on the snow, however under the 3-4 inches of snow was about a half inch of solid ice. I would have to scrap off all the snow then put down salt and wait until the next day for it to melt enough to be able to get out. In desperation I decided to say a prayer and try one more time. It was a short prayer but heartfelt “Lord, I have done all I can think of to get out of here, there is nothing else I can do. Please help me get out of here. I will take any help I can get at this point.” I tried one last time and to my astonishment the car made it all the way to the top this time and out to the road without having the tires slip hardly at all while all other attempts had more disastrous results.
My eyes swelled up as I started to drive off. I learned many things from this small experience. Heavenly Father really does love us and does want to help us even with small things that are not specifically spiritual in nature. I also learned had I thought to say the prayer the first time I tried to get out I would have saved several hours of time trying to do it on my own. I also learned there was no way I would have made it out of there that night on my efforts alone. So the moral of the story is to do all you can do, ask the Lord for help, don’t wait to ask him, and be grateful when he does answer your prayers.