Fall is a special time for those of us who love the great outdoors that God created for us to enjoy.
Hunting seasons are here and we head to forests, fields and water to hunt deer, waterfowl, turkeys and small game. Fish feed heavily in preparation for the winter months ahead so it’s a great time to fish. Hiking is a great way to get some exercise and enjoy the fall colors. Fall camping is quiet, peaceful and colorful. Campfires warm our body and soul.
When you are out there in a tree stand or blind, sitting in a boat watching the sunrise, resting at the end of a hike or camping under the night sky; lift this prayer to God and thank him for this special time.
THE OUTDOORSMAN’S PRAYER
Heavenly Father, Creator of all things, I thank you for this, another beautiful day. I thank you for the wild places you have given us to explore. I thank you for the wild creatures you have given us dominion over, and for the ways that being near them, we are made better, wiser and more aware of you.
Please help us to respect and nurture all you have given us, so that those who come after us might be blessed as we have been richly blessed. Please watch over and protect us as we seek the pleasures you have created for us.
I ask that you help us to keep our love of the outdoors in its proper place in our lives - behind our love and worship of you and behind out families that you have blessed us with.
I ask all these things in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who suffered the greatest pain of all - because of His love for each and every one of us.
The autumn of life for most of us is a mixture of nostalgia, blessings, and potential. It yields the harvest of seeds we’ve sown throughout life and braces us for colder days to come. When life’s autumn arrives, we look back and better understand the way God led us; but do not rest for you have work to do and seeds to sow.
How do you take advantage of the autumn of life? Keep your focus on God. Psalms 90:1-2 says “Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God”.
There’s a lot of unwelcome change in our world. Moral and society changes bother us when we turn on our television or glance at the newspaper. We’re painfully aware our kids and grandkids are growing up in a world far different from the one we knew as children.
And there are personal changes like children leaving home, the passing of dear friends, and the slow, steady decline in our vitality and health. But amid all these changes, God never changes. His truth, ways, and purposes do not change. His Son does not change. Hebrews 13:8 says He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever.
The world may be a mess, the seasons may change, and winter may come. But the God who has been our help in ages past is our hope for years to come. In Him we have joy unshakable, and life unending.
The autumn of life is a great time to focus on God’s wonderful blessings—family, friends, strength, shelter, provision, opportunities to serve, more time to pray and study His word, and our eternal life still to come.
It’s a good time to focus on your commitment to God. Some of the saddest words in the Bible are in Jeremiah 8:20, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.”
If you are a follower of Christ, remain close to Him during the autumn of your life and remember you’re just one step closer to home. If you are not a follower of Christ it’s not too late to do so before winter arrives.