Saturday, October 13, 2012 -
years back; it was after we moved to Saratoga Springs in 2000; I went for a
drive out in the West Desert or at least that is what I usually call it. I took
SR 73 west past Cedar Valley, Fairfield etc to Highway 36, the road that goes
south out of Tooele and connects with U.S. 6 which comes out of Eureka and
continues south to Delta Utah and beyond.
after I turned south onto Highway 36 I saw an old man walking south on the west
side of the road. I don’t remember that he was hitchhiking though it would make
sense if this were an ordinary situation.
stopped and offered him a ride and asked him where he was going. He told me
that he left Montana and was heading to the outskirts of Ely, Nevada to
herd/tend sheep. I don’t remember his exact words. He said that that was what
he had been doing in Montana also.
him when he had eaten last and he said, “A couple of days ago.” I apologized
for not having anything for him to eat but handed him a bottle of water I had
with me and told him to drink as much as he wanted.
drank it all down in short order.
point I decided to take him all the way to Ely, thinking we would stop in Delta
and get something to eat.
that, I instinctly reached for my wallet. It wasn’t there; or at least I
couldn’t feel it. I really believe to this day that it wasn’t there.
apologized to him explaining my intentions and explained that without my wallet
I would have to turn around and go home. I didn’t have enough gas. He said that it was all right.
him that I would take him up a little farther to where Highway 36 converges
with Highway 6 out of Eureka explaining that there would be a better chance of
him getting a ride since there would be cars coming from two directions. (Even
at that, it is a lonely stretch of highway and one can go quite a distance
without seeing another car.)
him a short distance beyond that point and let him out still apologizing.
turned around and started up Highway 6 intending to go home along the west side
of Utah Lake.
reached around and checked for my wallet again. It was right there.
immediately turned around to pick him up and do as I was originally intending.
only been a minute or so since I left him, but when I reach the place I dropped
him off , he wasn’t there. I drove on a ways looking for him but I couldn’t
imagine he could have gotten that far walking.
he quickly got another ride but to this day I have wondered if perhaps God was
testing me to see what I would do and when I showed that I would have taking
this “angel” or whoever he was to his destination he made my wallet disappear
forcing me to let him out and turn around.