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Opening Day by Randy Rowley 6/15/12 ©

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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 begin 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, hunters can finally hunt deer with guns.  Spring turkey hunting starts in March.  Hunters can hunt rabbits, squirrels (for most of the state), and non-game animals such as hogs and exotics year-round.

But hunting usually is impractical during the summer 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.  So 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 clays 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 in our minds, daydream 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 thoughts of problems.  We examine our equipment, making sure that it is clean and ready.  For dove season, we take our turkey chokes out of our shotguns and put improved cylinders in their place.  We also put our plugs 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 many hunters as major events such as weddings, births, and graduations are to non-hunters.  Each Opening Days are filled with possibilities of what could be.  I hope your opening days are as special as mine are!

The Bible tells us of a fantastic 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 extraordinary times on the earth, and people will see things that no one has seen before.

Christians should look forward to Jesus’s second coming to earth with more anticipation than hunters do for the opening day of any hunting season.  We should live as if we’re excited about his impending return.  2 Peter 3:14 (NLT) says, “And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight.”

Are you ready for Jesus’s return?  Have you trusted him as your Savior and Lord?  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.  Just as hunters get ready for their openings days, it’s time for Christians to get ready for Jesus’s return!

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The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

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