by Brodie Swisher
As I made my way in to check a black bear bait site in Idaho, I approached with spooky caution. There’s an eerie feeling about walking onto the scene where obvious aggravation and aggression from such a large beast has destroyed everything at a stand sight. The bait barrel had been ripped from the wire that once held it securely in place. Grease covered logs and stumps were shredded. Bait that had been chained to a tree had been torn away by sharp bear claws. Nothing was left but the chains and scars. A hungry bear will do some crazy things! The drive to satisfy that hunger can be deadly…either for the bear…other bears in the areas…or for the hunter.
We too allow ourselves to do some crazy things when we find ourselves hungry. Our hunger to satisfy our obsession, please self, find intimacy, respect, love, admiration, etc. can easily lead each one of us to walk a path that often leads to destruction. The destruction typically leaves lives in shambles, families broken, and seemingly endless pain and shame….and the scars. The scars seem to remain long after forgiveness has been granted. The scars of regret are painful reminders of the consequences of choices made.
My prayer is that we hunger for Him, Jesus Christ. He is the one that satisfies like nothing else can. He is the one that meets the need when all others fail. He alone can heal the pain and scars of regret.
Do you hunger for Him today?
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35
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by Brodie Swisher
On a recent hunting trip, I found myself climbing aboard an airplane in the midst of a storm. The wind and rain were blowing sideways. One would think that with enough time in the air you’d become accustom to about anything the elements can throw your way. Not me. It seems the more and more I fly the more I see “what could happen.” I still get sweaty hands and say extra prayers when the winds are whippin’ and my plane is being bounced around like tumbleweed on the open prairie. But on this trip, like many of the ones before it, I saw the simple reminder that always puts my mind at ease. It was that moment when after being pounded by the turbulence of tough winds and dark, heavy clouds that our plane broke through the storm and began to fly above the clouds where the sun was shining. In a matter of minutes we broke free from darkness into beautiful light. It still fascinates me every time! The transition from a dark and ugly day, to one where the sun shines brilliant is nothing more than a change in perspective. A simple change in elevation brings a dramatic change in our outlook.
It was a reminder that even on the darkest days the sun is still shining. We must simply get back to where we can see it.
Listen, it’s not a matter of if, but when, the dark and ugly days of life will come our way. We’ll experience moments when we feel as if the pain and problems of life pound us beyond what we can bare. I want to encourage you to look up. The Son is shining. Regardless of the crisis, you will not stay there. You will once again rise above…back to a place where you will once again experience the brilliance of the Son’s presence in your life. If you’re in the midst of a mess today, I want to encourage you to hang in there. You can have hope in the Son, Jesus, who over and over again calms the storms of life and reminds us that He’s always shining above.
“May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26
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Brodie Swisher is a World Champion game caller, accomplished speaker, a notable writer, a skilled hunter, and all around down to earth guy! His travels take him across the country as a well known public speaker in the arena of outdoor events such as wildgame dinners, banquests, archery classes, and filming. Above all Brodie Swisher loves Jesus and he can't wait to share his passion for Christ with those he meets.