by Brodie Swisher
Antelope season is officially underway and bowhunters across the northwest are hitting the plains in search of one of God’s coolest critters. While some will pursue these “speedgoats” through spot-n-stalk methods, others will patiently sit at a waterhole in hopes that an antelope buck will stop by for a cool drink. I’ll be honest, us antelope hunters are a weird bunch. The fact that some will sit in a smokin’ hot ground blind for a dozen hours at a time, with temperatures exceeding 100+ degrees, is hard to fathom. Heck, I struggle to sit through a 30-minute sermon on Sunday morning! But, somehow I can sit all day in a ground blind in hopes of an antelope encounter at a waterhole. Crazy indeed!
The reason we endure such hunting hardships is that we know sooner or later antelope will come to drink from the water source. Limited water is the secret to early season success when hunting antelope. They simply have to have water. And when they get thirsty enough, they will march back in to the pond or stock tank to quench their thirst. It’s an unquenchable desire that often leads to their demise. The hunter that endures will be rewarded. Have you been there before? So thirsty you could hardly stand it? You chug down the water or Gatorade, and for a moment you are satisfied. But it’s not long before you thirst again. Maybe minutes, often hours, you soon find yourself in need of a drink.
In our never-ending search for satisfaction in life, it’s good to know that God promises to meet our needs completely. He won’t leave us lacking spiritually. He’s more than enough to meet every spiritual hunger and thirst we ever encounter.
The Bible says, “Jesus replied, Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” John 4:13-14
Psalm 42:1 says, “As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.”
What are you so desperately in search of today? My prayer is that you long for the God that will meet your every need and quench your every thirst.
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.