by Brodie Swisher
On a recent hunt for whitetail deer in the river-bottoms of western Montana, I watched as a young buck cruised through the woods in search of a willing doe. He had his nose to the ground and seemed to be on a relentless pursuit of romance. I quickly grabbed my calls from my pack and belted out the sounds of other deer in an attempt to bring this buck closer. It was more than the buck could take. In the low light of early morning the buck made his way right to my stand. When he walked into and through my shooting lane at just 8 yards, I thought to myself, “Let ‘em walk.” The buck had obviously not reached his potential. There were greater things to come from this deer. He would grow bigger, better, and would one day be all that his Maker had intended for him. He had walked dangerously close to death…but on that day, I
let him walk.
tumble down the side of a mountain. My buddy, Allen James, and his two hunting partners slid on some ice while coming down a mountain road and went over the edge. Their truck rolled 100 yards down the mountain. Allen was ejected from the truck halfway down the hill. His body was broken and bruised, but he survived. In the days following the accident, the words “He should be dead!” came from paramedics, doctors, family, and friends. The truth is God let ‘em walk. Allen is exactly where God planned for him to be. God could have easily taken Allen’s life on the mountain that day, but instead, He let him walk. You see, there is no doubt in my mind that God wants to do even bigger things in Allen’s life. The
Lord sees more potential in Allen, and He’s obviously not done with him yet. God’s got a greater purpose and plan to come in Allen’s life in the days ahead. Greater things are yet to come.
So what about us? Have you ever narrowly escaped death’s grasp? Have you ever wondered, “Why am I still here?” or “What’s my purpose?”I can say with confidence, God indeed has a plan for your life. He’s not done with you yet. With every breath we breathe and every beat of our heart, God is letting us walk. The question is….are we walking with Him?“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11