“You know – we don’t have to keep doing this.”
We had just loaded the dogs and crawled back into my truck.
“It wouldn’t hurt my feelings if we went home.”
Noon had arrived and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were again on the menu. Kendall and I were soaked from the light rain that had fallen all morning. The forecast had been for clearing skies, beginning around 8:30 a.m. We had begun our quail hunt with the expectation that the moisture would cease at any time. We walked several miles and the slow drizzle seemed to escalate. It did not help that the temperature was only a few degrees above freezing.
The dogs never slowed down. If anything, they seemed energized by the cold, wet conditions. We actually found a few birds. The day could have turned out well- except for the minor issue of the falling rain. Actually, it became more than a minor issue. Our socks wicked water from our drenched hunting pants, pulling it into our boots. We eventually found ourselves sloshing through the fields. It may have been the most miserable morning of hunting I have ever experienced.
Still, I was a bit surprised that when I mentioned ending the hunt, Kendall was more than willing to do so. We are with quail hunting like some of you are with golfing. We usually don’t quit for anything. However, this situation was different. We called an audible and headed for the showers – hot ones in warm houses!
Life includes opportunities to make adjustments. When forecasts prove untrue and conditions continue to deteriorate, it may become necessary to make adjustments. It is true that failing to plan is planning to fail. It is also true that plans may need to be changed. Dreams that become nightmares should not be continued. Full speed ahead is not a good nautical plan when the torpedoes are coming.
This does not mean to quit at the first sign of difficulty. Kendall and I have walked in and through countless challenges. When the going gets tough, the tough get going! But, there are rare times when to keep going borders on stupidity. Some days are not appropriate for quail hunting. Some plans are not feasible for the day. There is a time for every matter under heaven. That time may not be now.
This Week at FBC
- March 24 LifeGroup Attendance – 620
- Sunday Sermon – Assurance – Romans 8:31-39
- Membership Matters – Sunday, March 31 at 10:30 a.m. in the Parlor
- Hymns of Our Faith – Sunday, March 31 at 6:00 p.m. in the Worship Center
- Family Night – Sunday, April 7 at 6:00 p.m. in the Worship Center
- FBC volunteers at The Food Pantry on Mondays and Thursdays from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. during the month of April Contact Tracy with any questions or to volunteer