One of the most enlightening activities this time of year is to do your next season’s deer scouting. Most seasons have just closed and since you still have to remove some tree stands, take some time to find out where the deer have been traveling. There are several reasons that make this a perfect time of the year. First of all, you don’t have to be concerned about spooking anything. Secondly, the deer are still in their winter pattern. And thirdly, the absence of the leaves will allow you to see a larger area. When I have done this, it seems that I always find a new and better place to hunt next year and I get a picture of their thought processes under the present circumstances. For instance, this year there have been an abundance of acorns, so I know the deer have not had to travel very far to eat. And even though the same trees may not produce acorns in another year of abundance, it gives me a really good idea as to where they are likely to bed when the food is plentiful again. It just gives me another chapter in the ongoing being-a-better-hunter, journal.
Speaking of journaling, let me recommend it to you. My life changed dramatically a few years ago. I left a secure position with eighteen years of employment to begin a new pursuit – one of which I knew God was leading me in. I also knew it would be difficult and I would constantly need to know and understand how God would move generally and specifically. For the general information, the Bible would be my source of instruction and inspiration. I knew there were plenty of promises in the Bible that were not just written for a specific individual or people, but for everyone. These would serve me well on a daily basis. For the specific ways that God would speak to me and/or move in my life, I would need to write these down. These became my permanent markers and reminders for the times when I thought God would not come through when I needed Him the most.
Each time this happened, I was not only able to claim His general promises, but I was able to go back through my journal, to the time and place that He performed a miraculous work in my own life.
If you are entering a new period of your life or if you are getting ready to undergo a time that will call for great faith; begin a journal. Write your thoughts – all of them, both good and bad. Write down what God is telling you and the times your faith seems so small. You will begin to see a pattern of the presence and work of God in your life that along with the Scriptures will give you strength you never imagined you could have. And they will give you the guaranteed assurance that God will never leave you or fail to provide in your neediest hour.