Here in Pennsylvania we are far cry from deer hunting season.
Too long if you ask my husband.
Truth is, I miss it too. I enjoyed hunting. My days of hunting are on hold now. As our son gets old I will hunt again one day.
Priorities for me have changed at this time. It is now my husband’s duty to bring home nourishment. It is mine to prepare it and serve it with loving hands.
A Holy Experience
“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” ~ Psalm 46:10
There is something special about sitting in the woods. Before day break as the crisp breeze blows across your face you can almost hear the stars sing. Then dawn breaking through the darkest hour brings the forest alive.
The beauty of stillness, quietness and clarity are a feast for the senses. Creation speaks of the creator and there is time to ponder; time to think; time to pray. There is much truth to see sitting 25 feet up in a tree. I feel closer to God when I sit in a tree stand. There is nothing else to focus your eyes on but His creation.
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There is no to do list, no dishes, no laundry.
Only you and your Daddy sitting still and quite together. If you invite Him it can be a holy experience.
When else do any of us have three, four or five hours of uninterrupted silence in which we can talk to God and have few distractions from listening to Him?
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth. ~ Genesis 1:28
There is also something core deep in hunting. Something that feels natural, right and God-given. You scout, you watch, you carefully place your stand, you prepare but ultimately He will decide if that animal, large enough to harvest walks by you. You have no control. You are dependent on Him allowing you to take one of His creatures for your nourishment.
I have observed my husband and other men in my family during hunting season. There is such passion and depth to hunting that you might miss. I see my husband’s desire to hunt not merely for sport but for providing for his family. Certainly we can go buy meat at a store but harvesting our food provides satisfaction for his God-given desire to provide for his family.
I know there is debate over whether we God intended humans to eat animals and how the word “dominion” in the above scripture is translated. I know there is at least one scripture reference to preparing and eating a harvest animal in Proverbs……
The slothful man roasts not that which he took in hunting: but the possessions of a diligent man are precious. ~ Proverbs 12:27
I can understand why people become vegans or vegetarians, especially if they are Christians. If you have educated yourself to our industrialized food system, watched Food Inc. or Fresh The Movie you know what I’m talking about. The industrialized food system is an injustice to God’s creation.
Chickens were not meant to live in tiny cages without sunlight and fed and “all vegetarian diet.” Chickens are omnivores. Omnivores eat meat and veggies.
Beef cattle were not meant to live on acres of barren land fed corn and soy and animal waste products. Cattle are herbivores. Herbivores eat grass. This is why cows have multiple stomachs. God created them that way.
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Harvesting a deer, turkey, bear or elk or catching a brook trout that has lived and thrived in its natural habitat is of no comparison buying burger at Wal-Mart.
This is real food from an animal that lived a life that God intended it to live.
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You may have heard the phrase “Know your food source.” There is no greater knowledge to your food source than harvesting, dressing and processing your own animal.
Hunting is more than a sport, more than killing something for fun. It can bring one closer to the Lord and provide a family with high quality food.
Are you a hunter or do you have hunters in your family? What is your favorite game to prepare and/or eat?
Until Next Time,
If you have not seen Fresh The Movie or Food Inc. I urge you to do so.