Yesterday I had to drive from Parktown to Pretoria to meet with a client after a mix up as to which of their offices we were to meet at. Getting on to the M1 at St. Andrews road I saw a man at the side of the road, well dressed wearing a tie holding his thumb out and then pressing his palms together in prayer. Normally I don't just pick up hitchhikers but this is an on-ramp where I could not be attacked and with the prospect of midday travel on the M/N1 in front of me some company would be a pleasant change so I pulled over and he came running up.
He got in and immediately thanked me again putting his hands together in thankful prayer. I joined the freeway and we got talking. He said that his name was Jacob and that he was going to Polokwane. I said that I could take him as far as the Rigel off ramp.
He then started to tell me the reason for his journey. He had been informed that morning that his wife had died after a long illness and that he was going home to take care of the arrangements. He was clearly upset and fighting the tears. We talked more but about what is between the two of us. Coming out of the conversation were the following relevant facts. He was not employed as the company he worked for had closed down. He is a qualified code 10 driver. He has 2 children a boy and a girl aged 3 and 5. He also had no money so could not take a taxi home and he expected it would take him 2 days to get to Messina.
We drove on through the crowded rush that is Buccleuch to Allandale. He asked to be dropped at the Shell service station at the Samrand offramp as he said that was a good place to try for the next lift on his journey. In a very humble way he then asked me is I could assist him with some money so that he could take a taxi.
We pulled over and I gave him the money in my wallet. He also asked for my business card so that he could contact me when he had got the money to pay me back.
Jacob showed me that there are people out there who are less fortunate than me, who have bigger crosses to bear and face uncertain times ahead. I am thinking positively for Jacob. I know that he will get a job I want my positive thoughts to secure his and his family's future.
As I sit here tonight with a full stomach I offer a prayer to God that he has food in his and with every passing second is closer to his loved ones.
Think positive thoughts and together we can help Jacob and a whole lot more people.