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Most of us hunters like to consider ourselves of the diehard variety. We’re not afraid to get up early, stay out late, and do whatever it takes to get our deer. Well, that is unless it’s walk more than about a quarter of a mile from our vehicle. It’s true. Most hunters don’t hunt too far off the beaten path. I’ve seen some folks ride their four-wheeler up to the very tree that they are hunting in. They say the deer never notice. I’m not sure about that, but I do believe when deer are pressured, they move to some strange places. And oftentimes it’s right next to a road or even a highway. I can remember one year while hunting in Alabama, my friend set up right next to a four-lane highway. On the last day of the hunt, he harvested a nice eight-pointer. I’m sure that deer never imagined a hunter setting up in such an uncommon area. For me, there’s something about being in a place where I can hear no road noise. I don’t like having to listen for the rustle of leaves through the sounds of rush hour. The purity of the hunt seems tainted when the sounds of the woods are competing with the sounds of a nearby highway. I like being able to hear every squirrel’s bark and every bird’s chirp.
I’ve noticed my time with the Lord is often characterized this way as well. I find, at times, I try to hear God without getting far enough away from the sounds of my daily grind. It may be a phone, a computer, or even a time restraint that’s not allowing me to hear all I’m meant to hear. As a result, the experience is not what I need or what God wants. The problem is I’m just hunting (praying) too close to my truck. I’m doing it because it’s the easiest thing to do. But again, the best ones are far off the beaten path. Right now, there might be something you need God to speak to you about. You have a need, or a problem, or a direction you have questions about. And it’s a big one. For these sized answers, you’re going to have to get away from all the sounds of the world you’re in and remove yourself from anything that’s keeping your attention from Him. It may take a little longer and a little more effort to get there, but we know that both will have been worth it when you return with the God-sized answer you had hoped for.
■ Gary has written the Outdoor Truths article for 20 years. He has also written four books which include compilations of his articles and a father/son devotional. He also speaks at wild-game dinners and men’s events for churches and associations.