I was hungry, and ye gave me meat"
Matthew 25:35 (KJV)
I was driving
down a Virginia highway in late September 1997 to meet with
some friends. We were planning to clear a little brush at the farm
where we hunt and celebrate the landowner's birthday with a barbecue.
About five miles before turning down the gravel farm lane I spotted a
woman standing by her car with the trunk open. I was a little late and
tempted not to stop. I'm glad I did.
From her dress and the appearance of her old car
of many colors it was obvious she was not doing well. When I asked if
her car was broken she said, "No could you please help me over
here beside these bushes.’’ What was waiting for me over beside
those bushes? Hesitantly, I followed until I spotted a fat but
slightly battered 6 point buck beside those bushes. She slowly asked ,
"Could you please help me put it in my trunk?"
When I asked if she had hit it with her car she
said, "No." Next I explained that unless she reported the
deer to the State Police or a Wildlife Officer she could be issued a
citation for transporting an untagged deer. She looked into my eyes
and slowly answered, "I don't care...my kids and me are
hungry." Too much talk and too little action...we loaded the deer
into her trunk.
As she closed the lid of her trunk I asked one
last question. "Would you like me to field dress it for
you?" Her reply answered all, "No, since my husband left, me
and my kids are gettin` good at it at home... and they don't bleed all
over my trunk anymore." Standing there as she drove away I knew I
had just looked into the eyes of Jesus.