“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows beautifully will also reap beautifully.” 2 Corinthians 9:6
That time of year is upon us folks. Spring and summer crops are ready for harvest and the tractors and combines are rolling all day long. For us duck hunters, that’s a welcome sight. It means the days of hot, muggy weather are dwindling, and cold fall air filled with whistling wings is on its way. It also means that summer work is about to pay off for those that have put it in.
Summer months are full of planting, building blinds, getting gear re-rigged and cleaned, shooting and cleaning guns, re-tuning calls, and early scouting. Granted, where we are, there’s only local birds to be found at this point in the year. The teal haven’t started making their way down here in large groups yet, so it’s primarily just groups of local woodies, divers, and Canadian geese – but still, it’s nice to have an idea of where they want to be.
I know for the deer hunters reading this, they’ve been hard at it since turkey season ended. Planting, running trail cameras, feed sites, checking and moving tree stands – they’ve had a long summer but it’s about to pay off. Bow season is only a couple weeks away here in Alabama and it’s already getting started for our boys in parts of Tennessee.
This time of year always makes me think of the story of Two Farmers. Both of these men were lifelong farmers, this is how they put food on the table for their family, and this was the worst growing season of their lives. These men were both believers and both prayed relentlessly for rain. The difference in these men, is that only one prepared his fields to receive the rain.
Scripture tells us time and time again, you reap what you sow. Which farmer trusted the Father to provide the rain? Obviously, the one that prepared his fields for it. We, as hunters, can sit around and talk about killing ducks and deer all day – but if we don’t prepare for the upcoming season, how can we expect to be successful?
Someone is out there right now preparing to have a successful season. Someone is cutting fields, tuning calls, sighting in guns and bows, servicing motors, building blinds, hanging stands, and getting ready to have a great year in the woods. But saying all that begs the question:
Which farmer are you?