This Week's Truth

The Light

Monday, January 06, 2020
Afraid of the dark

       

          The winter undoubtedly thwarts many outdoor plans in most parts of the country. If you don't believe me, just wait until the first warm weekend in February. There will be more lawnmowers heard than any other time of the year. It's not that they want to mow their lawn, but it's just that they have cabin fever. Another problem with the winter is the amount of light in each day. There have been several times when one could hunt all day and stay out less than twelve hours. That means twelve hours in the dark. And even though my children think I live most of my life "in the dark," I'm not ready to do it literally. I guess you could say this time of the year we must live our lives in a cold and dark place. That doesn't sound too exciting. And the truth is depression is far more likely to occur during these cold and dark days than when it is warm and sunny. There is no doubt we are built for the light. Light was one of the very first creations of God. It is obvious why; without it we wouldn't be able to see all the other creation. The beauty of the mountains and trees, the plants and animals, would never be fully appreciated without a light to see it by. With light we understand those things we see, touch, smell, and hear. It puts things in perspective and shows the harmony each part of nature has with the other.
            As a child I was very afraid of the dark. My own bedroom became a prison for me each night. As I got older however, I began to love being outside at night. I used to think it was the darkness that gave me comfort, but it was not. It was the light. It was each star and constellation. It was the moon and the flickering lights that came from distances unknown. It was not the sea of blackness, but it was how one tiny speck of light could penetrate that sea, that mesmerized me. There is no wonder Jesus said of Himself, "I am the light of the world." I understand that. I understand what He was saying was simply this. He gives everything perspective, purpose, and peace. He illuminates the unknown, makes plain the path, and brings harmony to chaos. By His own life He penetrated a dark world with a light of hope and He gave us all an invitation to live in this light where we never have to be afraid or unsure and where we can enjoy every minute of each day, no matter if the calendar says June or January.

Gary Miller
gary@outoortruths.org

 

 

The Light

Sunday, April 26, 2015
Exposed

           I had big plans on opening day of turkey season. I knew where the gobblers would be. They had been there every year for as far back as I can remember. It's like it was their favorite place to roost. I had also been able to put a few from there on my dinner table as well. If there is a honey hole in turkey hunting this is it. So you can imagine how excited I was to wake up on that first Saturday morning. I knew that nothing is guaranteed, but this would be as close as I would get. You can also imagine how surprised I was when I stepped out of the front door at my house and was welcomed to the biggest night-light known to man - a full moon. I had not planned for this. The darkness that I was so depending on to allow me to get close would not be available.  The plans I had for getting in those tom's bedroom had now changed. With all of that light I would be lucky to get in the neighborhood. I was right.
            When I arrived at my parking spot, I opened my door and immediately heard a gobble. I had mixed feelings. I was glad that my honey hole was still the happy home of several turkeys but I was annoyed that once again, my perfectly placed plans were useless. Instead of getting within 75 yards of my birds, I was forced to set up about 150 yards away in order to keep from being seen. This small distance kept me from tagging my gobbler that morning. The light had exposed my plans and had kept those toms safe for another day.
            One of the most common verses in the Bible comes from King David. He wrote these words to God. "Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path" (Psalm 119:105 NLT). This was his way of saying that God's word exposes that which can trip him up. He was right. God's word reveals those things that are lying in wait to hurt and harm us, and without it illuminating those things, we would be an easy target for our enemies. Many times reading the Bible can seem irrelevant for what might be going on in your life at the moment. Don't let that discourage you. Just remember that the light you are now getting might be just what you need for an enemy that you were not expecting. And while you may never see him coming, your persistence in learning the truth may keep him at a safe distance. 

Gary Miller
gary@outdoortruths.org


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