Monday, October 13, 2008

This afternoon I was able to get into the woods, something I love to do. And to make it even better I was able to go with my dad who lives in Idaho, and my little boy. We had a great time as we walked through the patch of woods that I hunt and we even got to see a few deer.

Every time I hunt it seems like God always allows me to at least see a deer. I think that this is the best part about being in the outdoors. There’s nothing like being on God’s turf and seeing it operate under his rules. It makes me feel like a fly on the wall in a great big room.

In Job chapter 39 God explains this idea about nature being his territory:
Have you watched as the wild deer are born? Do you know how many months they carry their young? Are you aware of the time of their delivery? They crouch down to give birth to their young and deliver their offspring. Their young grow up in the open fields, then leave their parents and never return.

Its scriptures like this that really clue me in on the fact that if I see a deer, let alone if I am able to harvest one, it is because God brought it to me. That really puts things into perspective for me and it makes hunting an experience that brings me closer to the Lord.

This is the way that God has set it up, just like in the book of Acts, God showed Peter a vision in the sky of all sorts of wild animals and he told him to “kill and eat”. God has provided us with animals so that we can feed our families. Now I don’t think that means we are all supposed to hunt or that it is wrong to be a vegetarian, but I have to wonder – if we’re not supposed to eat animals, then why are they made out of meat?


Anonymous said...

I'm guessing in the book of Acts,God probably suggested Peter use a tree stand.Just kidding.Any encounter with nature in the outdoors is a good one.Especially one shared wiyh your son and father.

Blair Bunch said...

You're such a good boy!

Jace said...

Well said Ray. Nothing like being in the great outdoors!