I have always enjoyed being in the woods with a gun…
We call it hunting in today’s world and there are often limited times when we feel like it’s possible to walk through the woods and enjoy the experience of “wilderness” and “getting back to nature”, all the while caring a gun with the intent of filling the freezer with wild game!
Most of us have absolutely no need to go hunting, but for some there is a desire to reach into the primitive way things used to be done – and relive the experiences of our fore-bearers.
Yesterday I read a posting dealing with the warriors in the air and how they constantly went into danger, and it got me to thinking about the hunter mentality and how some faced death differently than others. (Read the article by clicking here)
Back in the early 80’s I went moose hunting with some friends. We were just going to walk through the woods and enjoy the terrain. Hopefully a moose would wander our way. As we split through the woods, I went one way, and my friends went other ways. As I slipped past bear nettle, and through the wetlands, I picked up the trail of bear.
That’s right. Bear. Big Bear.
My size 12 shoe prints were dwarfed by the bear print – from heel to the end of claws… And, it was fresh – just filling up with the water from the swampy land.
Now, I know the danger of bears. Especially if you get between a sow and her cubs. But if you and the bear are going the same direction – and the prints are fresh…
Well, what to do?
There was no reason to hunt for bear! I was not prepared for a showdown…I was there for a moose.I simply turned around and went another direction!
Chicken? Or smart? Perhaps a little of both, but there is something about going into a situation properly prepared. Are you prepared to have the hunter mentality on something that will hunt you in return?
In my Instagram feed I follow some photographers from National Geographic and others who send out images of nature and the wild. They give us some deep and patiently garnered insights into the natural world around us. It takes skill, patience and sacrifice to get these pictures. Often the comments indicate how many days of waiting it took to get a particular shot.
My chosen one obviously shows a cat that is on the hunt. The eyes are on the prey. His intuition is flying high as to direction and obstacles. Dinner is just around the corner, and I bet the cat was hungry!
I thought this morning about the hunter mentality that exists in the wild, and what we try to replicate in our experiences of life. Some of us are easily the prey and target of everything around us. Some of us are the hunter.Is it possible that some are born, or raised, to always be the prey, and some the hunter?
Why do we end up on one side or the other? The prey seldom learns how to overcome their instinct to be victimized, while the hunter seldom learns how to live life without looking for someone to prey upon with their hunting skills.
The hunter wants to win, the prey often seems doomed to loss and failure.
There are ways to stop being the prey and learn how to become the hunter. It often requires trickery, and sleight of hand maneuvering. Here I’m thinking Jacob and Esau… (Genesis 25:27-34).
Yet, I think there is a better way, and it requires patience. Great patience. This must be the better way because there is more written about patience enduring through trials.
- Romans 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
- Romans 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
- 1 Thessalonians 5:14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
- 2 Thessalonians 3:5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
- 1 Timothy 3:3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
- 2 Timothy 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
- James 5:7-8 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
Patience. Something that is tough to acquire, and something more difficult to practice.
The story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-30) and how one son goes off to live a wild life, squandering all his inheritance. When he ends up with nothing, and life is lived in the gutters, he wonders about home. His decision to return was one of desperation, but also one of survival. As he nears home, his father sees him and runs to him.
We like the story of the father standing on the edge, looking out to the void. Daily. Watching for the son. One day… He’ll return…
That lesson shows great patience.
The Apostle Paul writes in his great love chapter…Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant (1 Corinthians 13:4 ESV)
Patient love. Paul is talking about Love in the purest sense, and Love that is the higher calling. Repeatedly we read of the misadventure’s of Paul’s ministry – beaten, shipwrecked, accused, threatened… It’s a long list of wrongs. But it is this same man who can give us one of the purest definitions of Love.
Perhaps this is what overcomes the prey mentality. Patience. Perhaps this is what tempers the hunters philosophy. Patience.
Where does patience get its major strength from?
Ask any parent…