Tuesday, October 29, 2013

October 29, 2013   

Today's Photograph . . . . Had Failed To Show During Hunting Season  (MQ)
Bible Study Verse
James 1:4
But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing. (HCSB)
I had scouted the area regularly for javelina and had routinely seen a herd in the bottom of the valley. I knew that there were eight of them. I knew where they bedded down, where they watered, and even paid attention to what they were eating. 
Once the season started, I sat on the mountain side for five days, waiting. Of course I did other things, too--named the clouds, reorganized my back pack, prayed, napped, read, quail called, drew in the dirt. Well, you get the idea: the javelina that had so readily been there during my scouting trips had failed to show during hunting season. 
(Brett M)

Action Point
God desires to build patience in us. He wants us to be "mature and complete." As this verse indicates, we are neither mature or complete if we are impatient. 
This patience is two-fold: 
  • He wants us to be patient with Him while praying, reading His Word and allowing Him to guide and mold our lives. 
  • He wants us to be patient with each other -- with our spouse, our children, our boss, and even that misguided seventeen-year-old NASCAR driver on his way to work at the local burger barn who just cut you off in traffic. 
Remember: He is in the seat next to you, pleased with your patience and smiling at you, just as He was sitting on the side of the mountain with me.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Javelina are some of the easiest and most difficult animals to hunt--difficult sometimes to locate due to their size, ability to blend in and relatively large home ranges. However, when you locate them, they can be easy to stalk because of their poor eyesight. Approach slowly and downwind; watch out for other javelina in the area who may sense you.