August 21, 2012
Today's Photograph . . . . Don't Ignore His Signs They Are There For You To Follow (MQ)
Bible Study Verse
II Peter 1:21
For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (NIV)
I had been white tail hunting in one particular blind several times this fall, and it seemed like every time I hunted in it, I would either hear or see deer entering into the swamp in the evening at a spot about 50 yards away from where I was. I would catch glimpses of the deer and be able to make out their silhouettes. I kept thinking for several weeks that eventually the deer would make their way over to my food plot. However, it never materialized.
So, my son and I decided to do a walk through on our property in mid-season, just to see what was happening. As we walked through this area where I had kept hearing and seeing deer, we found a scrape line. There were three good sized scrapes and a couple of nice rubs in the vicinity.
The sign for bucks was favorable, so we put up a portable blind in some great cover and added our cam tracker into the mix to see what we would see. Sure enough, we started getting pictures of good sized bucks every day in that spot, as they checked their scrape. We haven't gotten one yet, but we are hopeful that by following the sign, we'll get our opportunity soon enough.
"Following the signs . . ." That's what Christianity is all about, isn't it? Reading, praying, and then trying to follow God's signs in obedience through our everyday. Sometimes God will lead us into a spot or a time of ministry, and it's good.
But, we have to be attentive to His signs for movement. There is a time and place to change our location in ministry, but we have to be in a place where we are listening and looking for His signs.
If you are seeing God calling you to a new place, don't ignore His signs. They are there for you to follow.
Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
When putting up a portable blind, the key is to get up high enough so that you are out of the animal's sight line. For white tails, I generally figure 15' up is a minimum; I really like to be at about 20'. Do pay attention to knolls where the deer come through though. Your stand could be up 15', and because of a knoll, the deer's sight line may pick up you up as they come over the hill - don't let them bust you!!!