Opening Day by Randy Rowley 6/15/12 ©


Texas is a rare state in that we are blessed with, among other things, hunting year round. Dove season starts each September the 1st, followed briefly by a two week long teal season. In late September or early October hunters can start to chase deer with sticks and strings. Quail season starts up in late October. Turkeys, duck and geese join the hunting menu in early November. In addition, deer can be hunted with guns. Spring turkey hunting starts in March. Hogs, rabbits, squirrels (for most of the state), and exotics can be hunted year round.

But hunting usually is impractical after May due to the heat. Meat spoils quickly in the Texas sun and it’s just not much fun roasting in a deer stand or stalking through the woods in the hotter months.

After spring turkey season, hunters usually have a four month wait before they can once again answer the call of the wild. This four month hiatus can only partially be assuaged with fishing trips, shooting clay shoots, and hunting and gathering trips to Cabelas, Bass Pro Shops, etc.

As each Opening Day gets closer we become more and more excited. We begin to relive successful trips, day dream about coming trips, and track game wherever we see it with imaginary shotguns or rifles. We resolve that nothing will keep us from hunting on The Day.

We think that Opening Day will never get here, but then it finally does. Most of us get little sleep the night before. Our thoughts are dominated by what we expect to happen the next day. Possibilities and strategies blot out any thought of problems. We examine our equipment, making sure that it is clean and ready. For dove season, turkey chokes come out of our shotguns and improved cylinders take their place. Plugs are put back in. We go through our trip planning list and double check it for good measure. Our preparations keep us busy as the clock slowly moves ahead.

Opening days are almost as important to me as major events such as weddings, births, and graduations. Each Opening Day is filled with possibilities of what could be. I hope your opening days are as special as mine are!

The Bible tells us of a very special and unique day – the day that Jesus Christ will return to the earth. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 says, “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.”

That day is quickly approaching. It will be a day of wonderment for some, bitter tears for many, and bafflement for others. It will be the opening chapter of amazing times on the earth – things that have never been seen before.

Jesus’ second coming should be looked forward to with more anticipation than the opening of any hunting season. We should live as if we’re eager and excited about his impending return. 1 Peter 3:14 says, “So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this {Jesus’ return}, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.” Are you ready for Jesus’ return? Have you trusted him as your Savior and Lord and received his forgiveness for your sins? Are you living for him? If not, I encourage you to do so right now by asking him to forgive you and take control of your life. The day of his return is near. It’s time to get ready for it!

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