Published by atm7819 on 15 Aug 2008 at 06:11 pm
“Wow!” As the sun begins to light up the early morning sky I scan the field in front of me for the big buck that I am expecting. I know where he feeds, where he sleeps, when he travels, and every inch of his massive rack. Unfortunately, this has not helped me so far this season. I have passed on several nice bucks waiting for him. Today, on the last morning of archery season will probably be my last chance. All the hours of work and preparation have lead me here, to this spot, to this moment, to him. Suddenly, I catch some movement at the edge of the field to the left of my stand. The wind is perfect and somehow I know it is him. I reach for my bow without even seeing him. No need for a rangefinder. I have played this moment out in my mind a thousand times. I know where he will head, I know where he will stop, and the yardage is ingrained in my mind. Turning my attention back to the field, I panic. He is moving too fast. At this rate he will pass through my shooting lane within 10 seconds. I attach my release and raise my bow. Suddenly he stops. I have seen this image in my mind every night for the last year. Every scouting trip, every seed planted, every morning or evening in the stand has been for this shot. Miraculously he is standing in the exact spot I had envisioned, twenty-five yards, quartering away. He seems to be waiting for me to take the shot. Thwaak! The arrow flies true and he goes down before he crosses the field. “Wow!” At this moment, everything slows down and I am able to feel His presence. I begin to realize that this as close to Heaven on earth for me as I can imagine. God touches people in different ways. He is able to “personalize” our blessings. He knows me and He knows you. Every time in my life that I have had one of those “wow” moments, He was there. It could be something as simple as catching a bass, hearing a turkey gobble, or making a perfect shot on a monster whitetail. It could be something incredible like making that first eye contact with the woman you will someday marry or the first time you hold your newborn baby in your arms. Our God blesses us everyday of our lives. Sometimes we just have to slow down enough to realize it. “Wow!”
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