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OUTDOOR TRUTHS: Coping with National Crisis

By Gary Miller

As you know, our nation is in a crisis. The Corona Virus pandemic is beginning its trek through our country. Our lives will change for a few months, and some will forever. Basketball seasons are being canceled right now, and other sports are following. Colleges are moving to online only, and some businesses are being asked to shut down. I have never witnessed anything like this in my life. And while some may think we are being overly cautious, most medical people believe staying away from each other for a while will slow down the spread of this deadly virus. I'm going to trust them.


My mind also goes to those who most of us stay away from anyway – those who are helpless, hurting, and even homeless. Their isolation from people may not keep them from this sickness, simply because of the desperate measures many of them have to go to in order to survive. Even us hunters support Hunters for the Hungry because we recognize the need to help those who need it most.  I'm glad we do. I was reminded a few days ago about those who Jesus compared himself to. He said these words that are familiar to many of you. "For I was hungry, and you didn't feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn't give me a drink.  I was a stranger, and you didn't invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn't give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn't visit me.' "Then they will reply, 'Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you? "And he will answer, 'I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.'  (Matt 25:42-45 NLT)


In my arrogance, I once thought I was being so much like Jesus when I helped those who needed it most. I missed the message. Jesus never compared himself to the one who was giving to the needy, but to the needy one. Jesus is not first found in the one providing the relief, but in the one to whom the relief is given. As we navigate through the difficult days ahead, we could all be a little bit more like Jesus. That might not happen in our prosperity, but in our poverty.


Gary Miller can be reached via email at gary@outdoortruths.org.

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