Here’s a guest post from a dear friend, Ed Kaiser, who both loves the Lord and loves turkey hunting! Enjoy Ed’s insights from “the empty chamber”!
Yesterday I had an incredible experience. It was a beautiful morning the sun was turning the eastern horizon a brilliant flaming red while a slight breeze gently moved my turkey decoys. I was sitting under a large cedar tree talking to a big ugly bird. We chatted for an hour and a half while he closed the distance. He suddenly stopped talking giving me no idea where he was. I was listening intently when he magically appeared twenty yards in front of me. He had slipped in crossed the fence and arrived unannounced. I placed my gun sight on his big ugly head and squeezed the trigger nothing happened he just stood there. I had failed to load a shell into the guns chamber. As I frantically tried to chamber a round, the gobbler walked off to live forever in the recesses of my memory. It doesn’t really matter to me that he walked off I had won the battle by getting him to come within range. I would like to have killed him but it is not the end of my world that he got away.
My favorite movie is “McClintock” John Wayne. In one scene he turns to Bunny and says “I’ve been doing some thinkin drinkin Bunny,” last night I was doing some sleepin thinkin. The events of the day were fresh in my mind but soon took a parallel track. I really enjoy when that happens.
I thought I was prepared to harvest that turkey. I was in the right place wearing the proper attire with a working knowledge of turkey hunting. I am respected in the turkey hunting community as a successful hunter having filled many tags. How could I not have chambered a round? I thought I had but I was wrong. Lack of preparation met opportunity and I failed.
The parallel thought line relates to the spiritual realm. How often do we attend the “right” church wearing the proper attire with a working knowledge of spiritual things with which we are respected among our peers because of these things. Then the opportunity to help someone spiritually walks into our life and our hammer falls on an empty chamber. We are instructed in 1 Peter 3:15 — Always be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.
Can you do that? Can you look someone in the eye and say with absolute confidence that you don’t fear the future because your hope is in Jesus Christ?
It wasn’t the end when that big turkey walked away from me but it is the end when a soul walks away from Jesus Christ. Unlike the bird each person must accept Jesus as their Lord and savior or spend eternity in hell.
If you are not prepared to “give an answer” get with someone who can disciple you to fill your empty chamber!