In our lives we have all seen seasons come and go; whether you are a hunter, a fisherman, an outdoorsman or maybe you are or have been an athlete. Good or bad, each season is special in its own way. Experiences and memories we hold onto, and we relive in the stories we tell around the fire.
These stories are what create our sense of anticipation as we close one season and enter another. The frustration of a rough season that drives a sense of motivation and desire for redemption. The blessing of a successful year that drives us to practice tougher shots, push our limits to see what more we can do.
Often these moments are bittersweet. We begin to see memes and posts asking “I wonder if the deer are thinking about me too”; posts talking about a lonely bow or gun in the off season. Bittersweet because whatever we have experienced in this past year, again good and bad, it is not something we will ever be able to duplicate. We all can recall those seasons I’m referring to. Catching your first fish, or harvesting your first deer, the first shot you took, or the first sit you had; most of us can tell you where we were and who was with us. They are important to who we are as outdoors men and women today.
This goes for life and not just the outdoors. Each day that passes, even each moment, is something that we cannot duplicate. Our struggles and success are all fleeting seconds that make up this thing we call life.
Ephesians 5:15-16 (NLV)
“So be careful how you live. Live as men who are wise and not foolish. Make the best use of your time. These are sinful days.”
Our lives are made up of thousands of smaller seasons. The success of the promotion we worked for, the pain of losing a job. The birth of a child, or the death of a loved one. The joy of the league championship, or the disappointment of the branch that stopped our shot on a velvet Booner. In the midst of these highs we feel like we’re on top of the world, and the lows like the weight of the world is crashing down on us.
What is important to remember is that regardless of the season we are in, the season we are waiting for, or the season we’ve ended, when we put our faith in God he will see us through it all. He wants to be the one to celebrate with us after a harvest, or to cry with us when we’re broken and without words to say it. God’s love for us is NOT seasonal, and his hope for us is to pursue Him and allow Him to use us in each season of our lives. In Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) it says:
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”
So whether you’re still after the ever elusive whitetail, prepping for turkey, or simply trying to improve on life in 2020. The saying is hindsight is 2020, but instead of waiting for New Years so we can look back at the opportunities we missed we need to take advantage of each opportunity that is presented.
Remember that regardless of what new season lies ahead of you; Jesus loves you, and you don’t have to do it alone.
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.