A Bad Day Bird Hunting

A coyote jumped from the waterway and headed north. Duke charged after him – briefly. He didn’t really have enough energy left for such a chase. It had been a long day. We were on the last leg of walking in the last field of the day. When we finished, Kendall’s phone showed that he had walked 10.2 miles during the day. I walked about the same amount. Duke and Freckles had gone at least twice as far – probably more.

I booted the dogs and had them loaded in their box by 8:00 a.m. I picked Kendall up and we headed out to hunt quail, just like we have done since I moved here in 2001. I have no idea how many times we have hunted together. We both have a passion for quail hunting that drives us to keep going and keep walking. During all the years we have hunted, only one time did we return home with no birds. We almost repeated that feat.

We hunted land that we hunt every year. Last year we almost limited out on the same places. This year we found one covey and killed two birds. That was right before lunch. We ate lunch in the truck before continuing the hunt. Every place we walked held positive memories from previous years. We remembered when coveys were in the tree rows and in the plum thickets and in the fence lines. As we walked, the dogs covered the wider area in front of us. They circled back periodically and we encouraged them. We needed someone to encourage us!

Kendall said it was the worst hunt we have been on in ten years. I agreed. While walking the last field I tripped and fell one time. I was tired. It is amazing how much more energy it takes when you aren’t finding birds. At one point I feared I had lost my phone. Thankfully, I had left it in the truck. I received a text that a friend of mine had died shortly after noon. Nancy informed me that another friend had been put on a ventilator. Duke lost two of his boots. Kendall’s knee that had been replaced a few months ago burned like fire.

Days sometimes do not go as planned. Still, God remains faithful. His steadfast love endures forever. Circumstances remain unpredictable and sometimes painful. God remains our strength, our shield, our song, and our salvation.

Praise the Lord! Earl


FBC Happenings

  • Christmas Eve Caroling and Communion at 5:00 p.m. on the East steps
  • New Sermon Series beginning January 3 “Gospel Living” Romans 12
  • January 3 – Family Worship Only at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. (Nursery for Babies-3yr old)
  • January 10 – Family Worship and LifeGroups at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
  • The Gathering Service and TeamKIDS resume on January 13
  • Services are being posted on the church website, the church YouTube channel at FBC Weatherford Media, and on the church Facebook page at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday.

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