By Todd Davis

The upcoming deer season offers many of us a do-over from last year’s mishaps. Our hope is by changing tactics, buying new gear, or even leasing new hunting ground we can change our luck. We pick the brains of successful hunters, research all the latest equipment, and in some cases pick up new hunting ground all in the hopes of making this year better than last. If last year didn’t put a Booner on your wall, this might be you too.

We have all been there. It’s the end of the season and we are eating tag soup. It might have been the weather, work or family needs, or maybe we blew the chance of a lifetime. In some cases, we didn’t see deer at all. It happens to hunters everywhere. The light at the end of the tunnel is next season. To put that Booner on the wall we spend more time scouting, checking camera’s, and clearing shooting lanes. We plant food plots, hang stands in different locations, and improve access to hunting ground. We spend as much time at the range as our spouse will allow. We are tempted to empty the bank account on new guns, bows, or ATV’s. Anything we can to make next season the best season.

Maybe like last year’s deer season, you would like a do-over in your personal life. Perhaps your life is not going as planned. It could be that people didn’t come through for you, maybe you let someone down you love, or maybe it’s nothing like that at all. Regardless of the circumstances, the good news is, you can trust God’s promises, and plans. 

Psalms 1 tells us: “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by the streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither – whatever they do prospers”.

For example, maybe you realize the influence that some of your friends are having on you is toxic. This hit home to me recently and I had to man up and let my friends know, the new me has moved past those bad habits. It’s never an easy discussion, but Psalms 1 reminds how dangerous walking with the wrong friends can be.

Much like the changes I made from one deer season to the next, I needed to make changes in this new season of my life. Yeah, it was hard, but I cling to the promise made at the end of Psalms 1. That if I delight in the law of the Lord, I will not whither and my life will prosper. I can honestly say, that the prosper part of my new season in life is really sweet!

Trusting God in new seasons of life can be frightening. Remembering that God never changes, and that He is always faithful will help us cling to him as the seasons of our lives may change dramatically.

 

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