02 Mar Finding hope for our next season
The sun is shining, temperatures are rising, and sheds are falling! We are still very early into shed hunting in 2020, and some of the boys are still hanging onto their headgear. Already, social media is cascading with photos of sheds found this year, but soon we will be in full swing.
It really is an incredible thing, to hold in your hands a set of sheds on the elusive buck you call “ghost”, or the surprise in finding sheds of bucks that weren’t on camera this year. It gives us hope and drives a feeling of purpose inside us to prepare accordingly for next season. As we hunt for sheds we are sorting and scouring trails, fence rows, bedding areas, and places we maybe haven’t been, or haven’t been in years.
We learn a lot about a buck from their sheds. Most obviously, we are able to get up close and personal to something that we had only ever seen on camera, or at a distance before. We learn behaviors as we map locations where sheds are found. Making new trail plans, stand adjustments, or new stand locations based on all this information. It also helps us maximize our mineral and feed site locations. When we have properly placed these sites, and use products like HighTower HD200 we encourage growth for our herd as a whole.
We do all of this when we shed hunt, and I was reminded this week that shed hunting can be a good reminder for us as Christians. You see God has a target for us, a desire for us to succeed for His kingdom, and for His Glory. This goal he has for us is similar to our target Buck during deer season as he has left marks, placed rubs, and hints all around us so that we can drive on to the purpose he has for us. When the season ends, sometimes we have hit our mark, and other times we couldn’t see what was right in front of us the entire time.
Regardless of what season of life we have come through God has left sheds for us to find. He does this so that we can be encouraged and reassured in the seasons yet to come. He does it so that we can have hope, and anticipation for what he has for us in what lies ahead.
We understand the sheds we find do not promise that we will have a successful season, but it gives purpose and reason. It teaches us things about our heard that will help us in the coming months. A shed brings promise and hope to our next season similar to how God’s Love shows us that no matter what decisions we have made, that when we have faith and believe in Christ there is hope. Like a shed that is not found is useless, Love that is not accepted is also useless.
The Love of God is a free gift, and it only needs to be accepted. There is nothing we can physically do to earn it. He simply asks that we believe and have faith in Christ, and ask for his forgiveness for our sins. God has promised if we do this He extends Grace to us, and that his love will triumph no matter what. In fact, Paul wrote of God’s love in Romans 8:38-39
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord”
As shed hunters, we hope that what we learn will help us in the coming seasons. As a Christian, we should pursue Christ in our daily lives, similar to how we look for sheds. Allowing ourselves to learn more about the places God wants us to be, and about the things He wants us doing. Only then can we have hope for the blessings and promises that he holds for us in the next season of our life. When we recognize where God is leading us and we are passionate, and driving, we are able to grow in our relationship with God. Just like how our High Tower products are purposely placed to encourage health in our herd, we are able to fuel our growth in our relationship with God when we are infused with his word, and with the Holy Spirit. Like our mineral sites, the more infused we are, the healthier we will be in whatever season is next for us.
The alternative we have is to simply go through life ignoring these lessons, ignoring these sheds, and indifferent toward the health of our herd. Refusing to change who we have been, and what we have done, holding to this belief that where ever we are in life is fine.
We have become too comfortable, and content with what mediocrity we have had in previous seasons. We are no longer pushing, and we no longer are working to be more successful. In the seasons ahead some of us will find ourselves met with a feeling of comfort and indifference, instead of passion and dedication. And when we do that we will be left to wonder when the season eds, “Why were other people more successful?” “Why was their buck so much bigger and healthier?”
It is up to us to decide what type of success we want to have, and it is up to us to get up and have an active role in the success of both our hunting seasons and our faith.
Which leads us to question; have we accepted the love He has extended for us and began to look for where God is leading us? Are we passionately infused with what God has available to us and for what he has for us in our next season?
Or will we be like the hunter who chose some extra sleep instead of a shed hunt? Approaching our next season haphazardly and with indifference; missing out on all the things that God has for us?
The Created Outdoors team is here for you if you have questions about who Jesus is; if you have prayer requests or if you would just like to talk. Our team would love to hear from you and we are grateful for the chance we have had to spend some time with you.
Please remember that no matter where you are in your life, and regardless of anything that is or that was; Jesus Loves You! He always has, and always will.