During this time of year, many of us are preparing for our upcoming deer season. We’re putting out our Hightower Minerals, putting up our Oak Ridge Blinds, putting our Black Eagle Arrows downrange into our Walk-On Targets, performing maintenance on our Elite bows, and sighting in our CBE sights are just some of the many things we do.
We also spend A LOT of money on new gear. Buying new stand sets, new optics, new calls, new boots, but where some of us have begun to spend the most money is on our apparel. Over the years there has been a great deal of discussion about what we wear when we enter the woods. Arguments have been made for and against some of the newest advances in cover and concealment. Companies like Blocker Outdoors have made advances to include scent reducing, and moisture-wicking technology in our clothing. To go even a step further, they have created odor-neutralizing sprays and washes to disguise or remove the smells we omit when we walk into the woods.
The art of cover and concealment is meant to trick something or someone into a false sense of security. We utilize camouflage to blend into our environment; cover and concealment to prevent skylining, and we cover our scent. We do all this so that we are able to exist in an environment that is not our own, while those animals that consider it their home are prevented from seeing us as ourselves.
This gear is not only available solely to professional hunters anymore. In fact, a new hunter that asks the right questions and has enough money has the potential to show up on opening day looking like they belong in an episode of Created Outdoors!
In essence, we are able to fool both our potential harvest as well as our fellow hunters based on our appearance alone.
As Christians we find ourselves using cover and concealment in many different ways. We attempt to create many different appearances and facades for the people around us. These appearances and facades are similar to the different patterns of our Blocker Outdoor gear.
For some of us we show up for church whenever the doors are open, we lead Bible Studies and Sunday School classes. We memorize scriptures and we carry our Bibles around with us. We give the appearance that we have it all together. All this while underneath all the camo we find that it was only a mask to hide behind.
Other times we coat ourselves in a different camouflage. We hide our beliefs from those we work with, from our families and friends. We have what we believe, but we haven’t allowed it to take hold or to show. We don’t allow our words, our actions, and our decisions to be led by our faith.
We do both of these things for the same reason. It is more comfortable, and easier, to blend into our current environment than it is to stand out. We recognize the risks involved in bringing so much attention to ourselves, and how easily we become targeted when we do not blend in.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
It is not enough to have we believe and live our daily lives as if nothing has changed, to blend in with our surroundings as if faith has no part of us. In the same way, it is not enough to simply show up in our pew every Sunday and raise our hands while we sing the songs. We must allow ourselves to be affected by the word of God, and to show outwardly what has changed within us.
As I write this I question even within myself these simple thoughts. Am I allowing God to be part of my daily life? Am I allowing my relationship with him to guide who I am and who I want to be? Can I say, “I am love, I am peace, I am patience, I exercise restraint (expressing forbearance), I am kind, I am good, and I am faithful”?
These are important questions because, as we have learned from hunting, we can have the newest and best that Blocker Outdoors has to offer, but there will still be animals that somehow see right through our camo.
No differently, God is not fooled by the appearances we portray. He is able to look past our camo and see who we really are. Are we being honest with ourselves and with those around us, or are we simply dawning our camo each day, and working harder and harder to hide what we really are?
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.