Ok. Let's try this.
Suppose you were hit by a car and your only desire was to die. No other healing could occur until you regained your will to live. The first step in healing is the transformation of your will. Because of the brain damage, you continually sinned as well: with as much will and strength as you had. If you knew something was sin, you would do it, not because you were interested in the pleasure or whatever, but because it would separate you from God and speed your death. You were damaged in the will before you were injured in the flesh.
Now along comes an Orthodox. He says God saves the willing. You realize that although heaven sounds a lot better than hell, you also know that your will is all too often to do what does not please God, as in Romans 7. You are a sin-o-matic. The only forgiveness you can obtain is that purchased by Christ, who fully understands that you are damaged in the will. He wants to see you healed, but your free will is so damaged that you will never want it (even though at the same time you want it).
It is not good news to say that God saves the righteous and casts the sinners into hell. It is good news to say that God takes sinners and rescues them. He came to call not the righteous, but sinners, to repentence - sinners who choose sin over salvation much of the time.
My free will is not so good as to get me to heaven (that would be a work). The will of God is.
How likely is this situation??
The only job of man is to die to Christ. All humans will fall along the path, stumble and trip and crawl along the road of life. That's a fact. We cannot change this alone. Which is why God, in His loving-kindness and tender mercy, sent His Only Begotten Son, on a rescue mission, to save us.
And in instituting His Church, He gave us a hospital for our souls. Where we go to attend services and worship Him in His glory, pray for ourselves, pray for others and with others. In the Church we come to be cleansed in the Life-giving fire of the sacraments...in baptism, in communion, in the Unction, in Confession. All these aspects are provided by our God in recognition that we are fallen human beings, desiring a Saviour for our souls.
In your example, you placed far too much on the person's will. All that person must do is to turn to God and say "Lord have mercy on me!" Do you think God is so callous He will not answer? Do you think God is so callous that He will not acknowledge the state of His Creation??
The following letter from St. Seraphim of Viritsa says it well, I think.This Was From Me
(The new St. Seraphim, of Viritsa was born in 1866. He married and had three children. In 1920, at the age of 54, he and his wife quietly separated and each entered monastic life. Eventually he became the spiritual father of the St. Alexander Nevsky Lavra in St. Petersburg, where, as a clairvoyant staretz, he also confessed thousands of laity. He said, "I am the storage room where people's afflictions gather." In imitation of his patron saint, he prayed for a thousand nights on a rock before an icon of St. Seraphim of Sarov. He reposed in the Lord in 1949 and the Church of Russia glorified him in August of 2000.)
The following is (slightly abridged) from a letter sent by St. Seraphim to a spiritual child of his, a hierarch who was at that time in a Soviet prison. It is in the form of consolation given by God to a troubled man's soul.Have you ever thought that everything that concerns you, concerns Me, also? You are precious in my eyes and I love you; for his reason, it is a special joy for Me to train you. When temptations and the opponent [the Evil One] come upon you like a river, I want you to know that This was from Me.
I want you to know that your weakness has need of My strength, and your safety lies in allowing Me to protect you. I want you to know that when you are in difficult conditions, among people who do not understand you, and cast you away, This was from Me.
I am your God, the circumstances of your life are in My hands; you did not end up in your position by chance; this is precisely the position I have appointed for you. Weren't you asking Me to teach you humility? And there - I placed you precisely in the "school" where they teach this lesson. Your environment, and those who are around you, are performing My will. Do you have financial difficulties and can just barely survive? Know that This was from Me.
I want you to know that I dispose of your money, so take refuge in Me and depend upon Me. I want you to know that My storehouses are inexhaustible, and I am faithful in My promises. Let it never happen that they tell you in your need, "Do not believe in your Lord and God." Have you ever spent the night in suffering? Are you separated from your relatives, from those you love? I allowed this that you would turn to Me, and in Me find consolation and comfort. Did your friend or someone to whom you opened your heart, deceive you? This was from Me.
I allowed this frustration to touch you so that you would learn that your best friend is the Lord. I want you to bring everything to Me and tell Me everything. Did someone slander you? Leave it to Me; be attached to Me so that you can hide from the "contradiction of the nations." I will make your righteousness shine like light and your life like midday noon. Your plans were destroyed? Your soul yielded and you are exhausted? This was from Me.
You made plans and have your own goals; you brought them to Me to bless them. But I want you to leave it all to Me, to direct and guide the circumstances of your life by My hand, because you are the orphan, not the protagonist. Unexpected failures found you and despair overcame your heart, but know That this was from Me.
With tiredness and anxiety I am testing how strong your faith is in My promises and your boldness in prayer for your relatives. Why is it not you who entrusted their cares to My providential love? You must leave them to the protection of My All Pure Mother. Serious illness found you, which may be healed or may be incurable, and has nailed you to your bed. This was from Me.
Because I want you to know Me more deeply, through physical ailment, do not murmur against this trial I have sent you. And do not try to understand My plans for the salvation of people's souls, but unmurmuringly and humbly bow your head before My goodness. You were dreaming about doing something special for Me and, instead of doing it, you fell into a bed of pain. This was from Me.
Because then you were sunk in your own works and plans and I wouldn't have been able to draw your thoughts to Me. But I want to teach you the most deep thoughts and My lessons, so that you may serve Me. I want to teach you that you are nothing without Me. Some of my best children are those who, cut off from an active life, learn to use the weapon of ceaseless prayer. You were called unexpectedly to undertake a difficult and responsible position, supported by Me. I have given you these difficulties and as the Lord God I will bless all your works, in all your paths. In everything I, your Lord, will be your guide and teacher. Remember always that every difficulty you come across, every offensive word, every slander and criticism, every obstacle to your works, which could cause frustration and disappointment, This is from Me.
Know and remember always, no matter where you are, That whatsoever hurts will be dulled as soon as you learn In all things, to look at Me. Everything has been sent to you by Me, for the perfection of your soul.
All these things were from Me