This month has been a month of transition as we are preparing to move LOM to a new location and to new God sized adventures. One of the chores has been going out on the hunting land we’ve had for the past 9 years and collecting our buddy deer stands. We had 15 stands scattered across the 750 acres and this time of year its hot, muggy and with all the rain we’ve had the property is quite over grown with summer vegetation. Good for the wildlife, not good for dragging stands through.
Getting the stands out is the easy part, relocating them is the hard part. We are moving to the Browndale Plantation outside Hawkinsville, GA with over 2,400 acres of hunting land. That’s right do the math, this new property is over 3 times the acreage and has been trophy managed for the past 20 years. (Hint: You better hurry and get your hunts scheduled with us before they fill up.) Needless to say, we are extremely excited and overwhelmed at the same time. There is a lot of scouting to be done, stands to be placed and food plots to be planted. It is a God-sized adventure awaiting.
The hard part is letting go. As I have walked over the old property many memories have come flooding back. I can remember many deer I have taken in different spots and many more seen and let walk. More than that I remember all the Father and child hunts we’ve had on the property. Each stand is filled with memories of first deer taken and lifetime memories made. There are also the funny stories of deer missed, deer spooked and sleeping children who missed the opportunity of a deer. I was also reminded of how well I knew that property after hunting and managing it for so long. Sometimes change is hard and comes with sacrifices. It would be much easier just to stay put on familiar ground.
In Matthew 4:18-22 Jesus is walking along the Sea of Galilee and calls out to Peter and Andrew and then to James and John to “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” It says that immediately they left everything, their boats, their careers, their family, everything they knew in order to step into a God-sized adventure for life.
Henry Blackaby says in his Bible Study, Experiencing God, “You can’t go with God and stay where you are.” That’s what Jesus said to the disciples and it is still what He says to us today. If we want to experience a God-sized adventure for our lives we must be willing to leave all and follow Him in faith. Are you living a God-sized life or settling for what’s familiar?
This fall LOM is stepping out in faith as the Lord has called us into a bigger ministry and adventure. We invite you to come join us for a Father and child hunt or invite a boy who needs mentoring and bring him on the mentorship hunt. Come be a part of this new adventure and see what God is doing. Better yet come and experience the presence of God and allow him to open your eyes to a new adventure for you and your family.