… like Stephen, we can’t know when even our last minute prayers might make all the difference.
Luke has placed in the story what Alfred Hitchcock used to call the “MacGuffin”–a seemingly unimportant detail that turns out to be a big deal later.
So why did Wenceslaus go outside? He had no choice. He saw someone in need and his Christian duty made him go out, no matter how daunting the weather.