The sun was setting and shots rang out and alerts started rolling in on our group text. “Got one.” “I’ve got a herd in front of me.” “I shot one.” “I shot another.” “This is almost like fun.”
Our Pastors in the Outdoors Hog Hunting Retreat was a great success in both refreshing and reviving the man of God and taking of hogs. Yet, one of the Pastors who ventured on this retreat wasn’t seeing anything. He was setting in his blind looking at an empty field, and receiving all those texts.
In the state of Georgia we were hunting private land and it is legal to hunt these nuisance animals at night. Feral swine are a problem in 23 states. The USDA estimates that feral hogs cause more than $800 million of agricultural damage in the United States annually. Despite states removing almost every restriction on feral swine hunting and trapping, wild hog populations continued to grow and spread.
The Sun was set and darkness was creeping onto the field. The Pastor was really wanting to rejoice with his brothers for their success, he was struggling internally because now it was dark and he has seen a grand total of zero hogs. That’s when his group text came through everyone’s phone, “Would you guys pray for me?” Reply after reply after reply, “Praying.” “Just prayed.” “Lord, give my brother a hog. Amen.”
Thirty minutes later the field he was watching was full of hogs, maybe a dozen. He found the largest hog in his scope under the light of the super moon. He squeezed off a round from his .300 Winchester Magnum and the field exploded with hogs running in every direction, except one. A large 200lb boar.
Spiritually we can face a similar scenario. Everyone around us seems to be blessed and thriving while you are looking at an empty field. That’s why we need a community of believers who we can call on and say, “Will you guys pray for me?” It’s OK! You can confess that you don’t have it all together, that life isn’t all right, and that you need someone to pray for you and with you.
Proverbs 17:17 (NKJV) 17 A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.
If no one else will pray for you, contact me, I’ll pray for you.