“As a flawed and broken man I knew that my stubbornness and selfish ambitions, not to mention my lack of wisdom, had landed me in a desolate and remote place, perhaps to die.” This reflective thought would replay over and over again as Scott Hubbartt wrote in his book A SHORT WALK TO THE EDGE OF LIFE – How A Simple Adventure Became a Dance with Death and Taught Me What Really Matters.
What started out as a “simple” eight-hour hike in the mountains turned into a dangerous five-day ordeal against his pride and the elements of nature. Scott Hubbartt decided to retrace a journey his wife’s ancestor, Felipe Lam made, in “a rocky, dry, barren, high desert windswept portion of the Andes mountains of Peru – “twice the size of Texas.” Armed with only his Boy Scout and military background, compasses, a light jacket, one bottle of water, he packed what he thought he should have, not what he needed to have.
“Confused, lost, desperate and close to death,” Scott soon found himself in trouble, deep trouble. As the last drop of water slid down his parched throat he remembered that “the average person could go with out fluids in this heat for about three days,” panic set in. He even resorted to drinking his own urine. A lost a pair of reading glasses, blistered feet, the daily heat zapped his last bit of strength, and fear enveloped him like a thick coat on cold winter day.
His life took a wrong turn and his whole world was turned upside down. He reflected on his life, the good and the bad decisions, regrets of things not and/or left done and loved ones he might never see again. Silence, solitude, desperation and fear are dangerous tools in the wrong situations. With no place else to turn he asked God for help. He prayed and pleaded with God to save him, send someone to save him, send a sign…a miracle. However, according to him – he heard nothing but silence and saw no evidence of a miracle… he was being ignored (or so he thought).
Anyone at anytime can be humbled by situations and circumstances, but it takes a wise person to see, embrace and learn from those things. Scott Hubbartt thought that he had everything he needed and although “he was trained for, confident about, and even arrogant about this adventurous excursion he quickly learned new lessons of humility and faith as he became lost, desperate, and close to death.” He recalled how he prayed for a sign and his deceased brother, Glenn appeared, said “Hey Scott, You comin’?” and showed him a way out. However, because he believed he must have been hallucinating he held steadfast to his own flawed understanding and headed deeper in the wrong direction.
Finally, he realized that his trusted instruments (compass and map) failed him. Severely dehydrated he decided to follow his instincts. He back tracked and ended up where the vision of his late brother, Glenn had beckoned him to follow him. The way led him to a “green grove with water, where before I had found not a drop,” a road (which meant people …eventually a construction site and a construction crew.
THOUGHTS for your SOUL:
- “Each day of our lives is filled with hundreds of choices: what to do, what to wear, what to eat, and so on. But there I was with no such burden of an abundance of choice. I was a free man. I had it easy. My entire universe came down to only two choices and I had one decision to make.”
- “A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.” – George Augustus Moore
Timing is everything and if Scott had “decided to walk out of the cement camp on the fourth night,” he would have never been rescued. He experienced many “miracles” that saved his life. When all else failed, with his back against the wall he knew that he had one chance to make the right choice in order to survive. “Death surely wasn’t my first choice, nor was it easy to put my pride and self-sufficiency aside, but I knew that there was only one path left to me – simple trust…God’s plan and timing are always perfect!”
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Let’s BOND over BOOKS rates A SHORT WALK TO THE EDGE OF LIFE as EASY & ENGAGING (150 pages or less)…straight-forward, light and to the point.
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