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In honor of the last week of duck season (woohoo!), I thought I would share this post with you after my one and only hunting experience. It was originally published in December of 2009.
I so resonate with Meg’s last two posts and I love the idea of proactive, productive, and prosperous patience. As some of you know, I only have 1 ½ more months with my current job and then it’s on to the next thing…I wish I could tell you I knew exactly what that was, but at the moment I’m left without clear direction. I’m not so much worried, because I know God has a plan, but I am slowly growing impatient. I’m ready to have everything figured out.
This past weekend, I spent two days hunting with my family. I had never been hunting before and I had no idea how much sitting around and waiting was involved. On Thanksgiving morning, we rose at 4:30 am, ate breakfast, and were out the door. For two hours we sat in the duck blinds, guns loaded, ready to go, and for two hours did not see one single bird. Did I mention how incredibly early it was?? After that we went to another spot which had a little more action, but I do mean little. In two more hours of waiting, I only shot my gun one time.
I may not have shot any birds, but I did learn a little bit about hunting. That morning, whenever the birds did come close, we had to sit extremely still, keep our heads down, and patiently wait for just the right time. When the timing was finally right, we made our move. As I sat, and sat, and sat, I couldn’t help but parallel my lessons from the duck blind with my growing impatient heart.
Be Still—when hunting, it’s imperative to stand completely still and not move for fear of making too much noise. As I’m trying to figure the next steps out, it’s so easy to grow restless and uneasy. It’s easy to forget the reality that God is here and He is in control; we need to be still and rest confidently in Him.
“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
Keep my head down—unlike my brother, I wasn’t equipped with the oh-so-stylish camouflage face mask, leaving me with a whiter than white complexion. If I looked up, the birds could spot my bright, white face from above and wouldn’t come near us. When we’re in a season of waiting, bowing our heads in prayer is crucial. We need to be crying out daily and asking God to lead, guide, and direct us.
“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
Wait Patiently—it’s easy to grow impatient and not time things right when you’re hunting. As the birds approach, you have to wait until the caller (the guy luring the birds) gives you the go ahead to pop your head up. If you go too soon, the birds could see you and fly away. You have to be patient and trust the caller’s timing. Similarly, we need to wait patiently and trust the Lord’s timing.
“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock; and gave me a firm place to stand.”
“Wait for the Lord. Be strong and take heart, and wait for the Lord.”
If you’re like me, you probably don’t like waiting. I want immediate answers and I don’t like the unknown. Rather than fretting about the future and growing impatient, take heart that we serve and love a God who has a plan. Even when we feel lost, confused, and directionless, He is able to guide us.
Rest today in the promise of Isaiah 42:16 when the Lord assures us, “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.”
Heavenly Father, thank you that you know my way. Lord, quiet my restless heart and teach me to wait patiently upon you. Today, may I rest in your promises. May this season of uncertainty draw me closer into your arms. Lord I pray the words of Psalm 143, “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.” How I praise you for your incredible love, faithfulness, and direction!