The other day, I finally found time to take down my deer stands from hunting last fall but there was a price to be paid.
The land where I hunt was plowed, so when bow hunting was over, I could not drive back through the field and retrieve my stands. I knew it would require a fairly lengthy walk to carry them.
I tried driving to see if my pickup wheels would be spaced between the corn rows, but it was too close, and I did not want an irate farmer after me for crushing his corn.
Since it is now summer and the trees are growing, I knew I had to get my stands out or the growing girth of the trees would rip my straps on my stands. So, as I started for home, after a day of saw milling, I set out about 5 p.m. to walk into the woods.
The walk in went fine to my first stand on the edge of the field. I removed it, carried it out, and set it in the corn field to pick it up after I had retrieved my other stand.
As I walked back along the swamp, the mosquitoes became more friendly. I tried to move quickly as I unscrewed my steps from the tree. I put the steps in my pockets, picked up my stand, and moved out.
As I moved, so did the mosquitoes! I took time to swat and slap as I walked, but I think my hand-waving just called in more reinforcements. I hoped, as I came into the field and left the swamp edge, that I would be free from the pests but it was not to be. They followed me, and must have been waiting for me to pick up the other stand I had left in the field.
Now, I had a stand in each hand and no hands free to swat! I was faced with a quarter-mile walk and lots of company. Should I stop periodically and slap, or just walk and let them bite?
I decided to use the power of my will, walk as fast as I could, and suffer the consequences. I kept my eyes on the goal, persevered and later itched!
I find it amazing what we can accomplish when we “will” to do something. This made me think about times of testing in our Christian life. For the sake of the goal, can we “will” to praise the Lord and keep going?
If I can do it for the sake of deer, can you not keep going in light of Jesus giving His life for you? Think about what awaits you in heaven because of His sacrifice for you.
The will in man is strong to resist God before it is converted. After conversion, that will can become an asset to persevere through cancer and many other trials as it is fed the Word of God.
Psalm 34:1 still says, “I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”