By Gary Miller
It’s hard to find a better month for hunting and fishing than April. With the fish biting and the turkeys gobbling, I find myself in a fevered pitch trying to fit it all in. If I could just get my grass to stop growing until June, then I’d be fine. But there’s also the garage and the other outside maintenance that is calling my name as well. Since most bass fisherman love throwing spinner baits, they are in lake heaven right now. There’s nothing like feeling the sudden stop of moving bait. And there’s nothing like seeing that largemouth trying to spit out what seemed so appetizing just a few seconds before. For the land lover, the turkeys are in high gear. And it should become a little easier to find even more willing gobblers in the next couple of weeks.
All in all, I’d give this spring an A+, so far. What I really enjoy is tying both of these pastimes together. I like to go fishing with my hunting gear stored readily in my boat. Then, as I cast, I listen and occasionally call. There have been a few times I’ve had to make a quick jolt to the bank in order to set up on a fast moving tom. The only thing that could make that trip any better would be to stumble upon some Hickory Chicken mushrooms on the way back to the boat, after I’ve killed a turkey. I would definitely consider that a day that was ordained and orchestrated by God.
In fact, every day creation is ordained and orchestrated by God. It has a purpose and plan. It is on God’s schedule. The turkeys will lay their eggs on God’s timetable. The fish will spawn, and the doe will give birth to its fawn on that same timetable. The tree and plant life also work in unison with those who need them most. They will provide much needed food and cover for the new families that are “moving in.” Yes, it’s all of God, and it’s designed to point an undeniable finger back toward His existence and power. You and I, then, are to respond to those attributes by trusting that He also has a purpose for us and that He will fully provide all along the way. The Scriptures put it this way. Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith? Yes, all of the signs tell us that God is good at sustaining that which He has created. He will especially do that for His most special creation…us.
Gary Miller can be reached via email at email@example.com.