In a couple short minutes the reason for their hasty departure arrived. He was big and cocky as he came over one side of the brush I had placed behind the bait. He stood there a few moments facing my tree; then, with powerful strokes cleared the eight inch diameter cover logs.
I kept my cool, stood and was ready for a shot at this really nice
P & Y’er. When he turned perfectly broadside, I wasted no time in releasing a 2117 Game Getter tipped with a Bear Razer head. The 450 plus pounder made his hasty retreat back where he came from – pausing a bit as he stepped over a big log and disappeared into the swamp.
I was dumb founded when I found my arrow laying a few feet from the bait site, bloodless, greasy and very straight, something had gone terribly wrong. Six very small drops of blood and a day of intense searching with the help of my bowhunting friend, Tom, proved my first fears.
Well, sometimes everyday life is like that, also. What do you do when things go wrong? Whether by our own failed doing or the actions of others the wrongs of life can consume us if we let them. Anger, despair, depression and other negative responses can subtly creep in and rob us of the joy of life. The wrongs, disappointments, negative surprises, inequalities and losses are real, make no mistake about it. But what we do with them makes a major difference. We are responsible to God for our reaction to all that life my throw at us.
As a Christian, we need to let the disappointing things in life become tempered with the Word of God. Sometimes we must just follow Prov. 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding.” Sometimes we must practice Galatians 5:22, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith.” Sometimes we must really get a handle on Phil. 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, Rejoice.” But always we must put our minds to Phil. 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” What we do about that which life brings to us is a choice. Every difficulty or disappointment also is an opportunity to experience the reality of who God is. Let us look to Christ and His Word when things go wrong. He is our help and hope.
David L. Roose