When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 1 Corinthians 13:11
Lessons from day 1 of deer season;
My husband texted me and alerted me that he had just passed on a 6 point buck that was headed my way.
Believing for a bigger deer this year, I also passed. God having to practically turn my head the other direction because I’m ancy and get super excited just to see a deer.
So, I texted my father in law who was down a bit further and alerted him the same way my hubby did me.
Twenty minutes later….. Kaboom.
Yep. He got him.
“That’s the one,” Dust and I said as we got to the deer.
Then yesterday, back at my stand for day two, I pondered on the events of the day before, and how my husband had said, that the deer, being a young buck, just obliviously took the open trail down through the woods, past all three of us, and to his demise.
Rookie mistake, if you will.
Mature bucks are, well, mature- because they tend to take the road less traveled, which brings me to the point;
The above scripture is found in the Love chapter of all love Chapters, 1 Corinthians 13.
And yes, most quoted at marriage ceremonies.
So why are a lot of those marriages non existent?
Most people don’t take into consideration that a covenant means it’s time to put away childish things….
Maturity in the Jesus walk is to Love your neighbor as yourself. Love puts the needs of others before our own.
Love takes the road less traveled.
Its easier to seek our own way, and behave unseemly when we feel that we’ve been wronged, but just like that rookie deer, a lot of marriages end in death because of taking the open road, to “all about me” instead of the road less traveled.
So, Why is the mature buck a trophy of sorts?
Because they have out-witted the threat of hunters-
(Put that into the spiritual perspective of the enemy’s threats towards us- Tempting us with strife, and hunting our weaknesses.)
And the mature buck has out lasted rookie mistakes. Love never fails. It keeps going and never gives up.
I pray today that God help me to put away childish things, and do everything I do from today forward, motivated by His love toward me and flowing out to others. First and foremost- My spouse.