As the sun set on the final day of the 2010/2011 deer hunting season, I couldn’t help but reflect on what has been yet another exciting season in pursuit of wild game. After a lousy spring turkey and bear season, an action-packed deer season was much appreciated. I had a number of awesome encounters with whitetail deer and experienced deer behavior rarely seen by the human eye. But with the setting of the sun on the final day, I always seem to find myself with mixed emotions. It’s sad to think that the months of bowhunting for deer have finally come to a close. Yet, it’s exciting to think that the 4:30am alarm clocks will be over as well. It is truly a bittersweet time as we close the chapter on another hunting season.
Every year I go through the same ritual at the end of hunting season. A debriefing process, if you will. I evaluate what I did right, what I did wrong, as well as what could have been done better. I review the mistakes that cost me greatly, and recount the shots…there’s always too many …that missed the mark. I think about the encounters with deer that I’d like to be able to rewind and see them play out differently. A do-over…a restart…anything…just let me try it one more time! As blessed as we are to have such a long bowhunting season…it always seems to be gone before we know it.
The verse, James 4:14, from the Bible is a reminder of how quick our season of life comes and goes. It says, “How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like a vapor…it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.”
So the next time you step outside on a chilly morning and see the breath rise from your lips…remember, that vapor is like your life. It is here for a moment, and then it’s gone. What will you do with it?