Some years back, when my husband Jim and I had an old British Leyland Princess, we often used to see a man walking the highway, always in the direction in which we were travelling. I think the very first time we saw him, he was trying to thumb a lift.
Normally we would not now stop to pick up a stranger as there have been to many people attacked after doing so. But in this particular case, for some reason, we felt it was right so we did stop and we took him as far along the road as we were able. He told us he was out of work because he had been ill, and he had walked into town apparently looking for work.
After that first time, we seemed to come across him quite often, always going in our direction, and not just in our own area. After several months of this, it really seemed rather strange. He was not particularly well dressed, being out of work, but he did not look as unkempt as the ‘men-of-the-road’ often do.
One day shortly before Christmas that year, we were driving quite a distance from home when who should we see but this gentleman, again walking in the direction we were travelling. As we came up behind him, he turned and looked over his shoulder at us and we stopped and asked him if he would like a lift. He got into the car and we chatted back and forth. Then as we approached a major T-junction he asked to be set down there, he was going left and we were going right. We offered to take him to the town he was heading for, as it was quite a distance but he said ‘no,’ that it would be fine right here.
He got out of the car and started to walk away, Jim and I looked at each other, and I knew he was thinking the same thoughts I was. I got out of the car and went after the man and asked him if he would come to our house for Christmas dinner, if he would phone, we could pick him up. I wrote our address and phone number on a piece of paper and handed it to him and with a strange little smile on his face he tucked it into his jacket pocket and turned and walked away without a word.
We never ever saw him again.
Was that just coincidence?
Was he just a man or was he an angel?
I believe in God-incidence!! But I am still wondering!