March 25, 2012
Today's Photograph . . . . Some Javelina May Not Know What Happened (Brett M)
Looking unto Jesus, the author and Finisher of our faith, Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the Cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (NKJV)
A friend and I were hunting javelina on a cold snowy March day. We had climbed to the top of a mesa and located a herd a few hundred yards below us. We began our descent slowly keeping the wind in our face and remaining as quiet as possible.
They were feeding on roots and cacti and were milling around as we got within a close shooting range. We had glassed up six or seven of them and knew that there were probably more. Now that we had moved in to them, we were only able to locate one.
I drew my firearm and set my sights just as the javelina went partially behind some catclaw. I waited patiently, firearm drawn, sites set at the point I thought he would show his vitals. During this eternity of waiting, nothing could distract my attention away from this solitary javelina, not even the remainder of the herd as it slowly circled around us.
It was at that point that one of the other javelina from the herd moved within just feet of us. After my friend's exclamation of "THERE'S ONE!", there was little left of the herd except for the scattering of mud and broken branches as they ran for the hills.
Tunnel vision is an interesting thing. Webster defines it as a "constriction of the visual field resulting in the loss of peripheral vision." Yep, that sounds exactly like what I was experiencing on this hunt. It would not be so bad if this had not been the first time. Oh well. We are programmed to believe that tunnel vision is a bad thing, and I guess in most circumstances it is.
But, in Hebrews the author is telling us to have tunnel vision, "fixing our eyes on Jesus." This should be our goal, our mission, to allow all other peripheral things to escape our eyesight allowing us to focus solely on Him.
What things in your peripheral vision are distracting you from focusing on Jesus? Is it your job, your income, your hobbies? Whatever it is, know that our focus is on Him and Him alone. With this we "will not grow weary and lose heart!!!"
Sportsmen's Tip of the DaySpooked javelina will usually only run a few hundred yards. If you get caught, and they run, just wait. Give it a half an hour or so and start glassing the area you last saw them running to. Additionally, there may still be some stragglers in the area. If the herd was feeding and were somewhat separated from each other, some javelina may not know what happened and may remain behind.