This Week's Truth

Timing

Sunday, April 08, 2018
Sometimes it's better to wait

       For too many years to count I have showed up at the same farm on my first day to hunt, to hear birds gobbling. Not only am I on the same farm, but I always go to the same location, knowing I'll be setting up at a favorite roosting area for several toms and hens. This year was no different. I never even used a locater call. I just simply went to a particular tree and waited until daylight to do a light yelp. My call was immediately followed by three gobblers letting me know they will be down shortly. They have never stood me up and neither did they on that day. It wasn't long until two of the three were making their way up the hill, and just in front of my position. Both lived to gobble another day. That's the way it usually happens. You see, just because I could set up 100 yards away, doesn't mean I can shoot 100 yards. Neither does it mean the path between them and me will be as planned. In fact, most of the time, it's not. It would just be too easy if it was. No, most of the time, I am contending with a hen who wants to lead them away from me or I'm just set up in a way that doesn't allow me to turn in order to get a good shot. So, I watch and wait, and hope and pray, that something out of the blue will cause these birds to make their way in front of my shotgun barrel. If they don't, I'll try to be patient, especially since it's early in the season. It's just too early to risk the chances of them never showing up again. Maybe the next day, they will be there again, and I will be set up in a way that will make it all come together. I'll let you know how that turns out.

         Like my scenario, I think those of us who share the gospel would be more successful in our approach if we learned the art of timing. While the message of grace is always ready, the recipient is not. Sometimes, it's better to do as Greg Koukl suggests, and that is simply to put a pebble in someone's shoe – not anything that will keep them at home, but just a nugget of truth that is a little uncomfortable. Too many times, preachers come down so hard on an unbelieving attender, they never show up again. And while I understand the urgency of salvation, I also understand the unction of the Spirit. If it's not there, it's not time. But if it's not time today, it just might be tomorrow, unless on their first visit we took  a bad shot and ran them off into the next county.

Gary Miller
gary@outdoortruths.org

Timing

Sunday, December 17, 2017
Imperfect timing

            Timing is everything. Have you ever just felt like you were out of sync with what was going on in the woods or on the water? Sometimes it seems that on the days you can go fishing, the weather is terrible or the fish are uncooperative. And on the days you can't go or just decide not to go, those are the days limits are caught in the first hour. It's the same with hunting. It seems sometimes, on the days  I go deer hunting the deer are not stirring. But let me stay home one morning and they're everywhere. Timing is everything, and most of the time, we are usually "one day late and a dollar short." I can only remember a few moments in my life I actually hit it on the right day; like the day I caught more fish than I could count in a twenty minute span or the few times when the bucks were coming by so frequent  you were afraid to reach in your backpack for a cracker. Those were the days it all came together; that you were there at the right place and at the right time. That's the goal during each hunting season; it's to be in the woods during the best days and even during the best time of each day. That's why we look at moon phases and other weather patterns; in order to give ourselves the best opportunity for success. Sometimes the days or the times seem odd. From a novice's perspective it may look as if we have picked the most inopportune time to do what we do. We know however, we are there because we believe just the opposite.

               At Christmas we celebrate another special moment in time; a time that seemed strange to many who were there. It was strange for the Savior of the world to be born in a manger, at an insignificant place and to seemingly insignificant people. But it all happened in the perfect will and timing of God. The scriptures put it this way; "But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman." It was a day God lined up the birth of His Son with the need of His people. The timing was perfect. It was so perfect we are still talking about that event today. It was so perfect lives are still changed by that event today. And it was so perfect it will never happen again. And that's why we celebrate Christmas.

 

Gary Miller

gary@outdoortruths.org


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