I was surrounded by my family and some of my closest friends, but there was no escaping the fact that it was a brisk morning.
I had studied all night to get ready for my GED math test, I was tired, cold, and all I could think about was finding a place to scavenge some extra layers of clothing. So I headed to my secret compartment (aka behind the seat of my truck) to find anything to help me get warm.
As I tilted the seat forward, the hat was the first thing I saw, so I grabbed it and headed straight for the campfire.
“What’s that on your head?” one of my friends asked.
“Oh, this is lucky hat”, I said casually.
“What do you mean lucky hat?” she asked.
REWIND FOUR AND A HALF YEARS
After an exhausting day of travel, I had just arrived at my hotel in Fort Worth Texas. I was traveling alone, and had come to take a three day course on swimming pool construction.
It was late, around 9 p.m., and I was starving. So I checked into my room and immediately began walking the streets in search of a hot meal.
I stopped in a small cafe and the waitress sat me beside a large window facing the street. I placed my order and waited patiently reflecting on the purpose of the trip and what I hoped to take from it.
When I finally saw the waitress round the corner with my food it was one of those moments when a hot meal was very much appreciated.
The plate hit the table, and with fork and knife in hand I was about to dig in….when I was startled by a loud knocking at the window.
I immediately looked up to find a gamely homeless person staring me in the face. He pointed to his mouth and slowly lipped the words, “I’m hungry”.
Stunned, I immediately looked straight down at my plate….but only for a spit second. But in that fraction of time something happened inside me. I remembered something. It was a verse of scripture that I had recently read.
In that moment I looked up again and no longer saw a dirty haggard face……I saw the face of a man who brought me luck.
Immediately I jumped to my feet and bolted for the door. Greeting each other outside, I eagerly handed him some money, and then we embraced. “God bless you!” he said, “God bless you!” We peered into each other’s eyes for one more brief moment, and then parted ways.
FAST FORWARD TO THE CAMPOUT
A few months prior to that brisk morning, I was driving down the road and saw a gentleman hitchhiking whom I decided to help. By now you’ve probably guessed…He was bringing me luck too.
Accept this time he left his ball cap in my truck, which I’ve affectionately kept in memory of our short trip together. But I had never worn it until that cold morning, when I shared this story with my wife, and it kept me warm.