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TITLE: Racing past the window of opportunity
By olivia gates
06/13/12
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Racing past the window of opportunity


Prove me herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. MalachI 3:10

Climbing up into my stand at 6:30 on a Friday in November was an exception to the rule. Usually it is Saturday before I can go hunting.
What happened next was truly the exception. A deer, possible a four point or better came racing across my lane. One minute he was there and the next second he was gone. The problem was I didn’t really get a good look at him.
My window of opportunity was too narrow. As deer hunters we concentrate all our efforts on our lanes. Lanes we have cut down all the unnecessary brush and shrubs. Lanes we stare at for hours, with the hope that a deer will just wonder into.
Taking some time to mottle over this racing deer, got me to thinking. How many times do we just race past our Lord? With a fleeting thought we yell at our Lord,’’ Not now Jesus, maybe in a little while.” “Can’t stop now Lord, I am too busy.” “I have got to get the Wednesday night supper cooked for those 150 people.” “The nursery needs painting, and someone has to fix an arrangement for Sunday Service.”
Race, race, race past all those windows of opportunity to spend some quiet time with the Lord.
I have always said” if I could help one woman not to make some of the same mistakes I have then it will be worth it all.” Today the Lord spoke to me and said “why just one”. The harvest is plentiful and the labors are few. This is why I write these deer stories. I want to help someone anyone.
Dear Lord, open my eyes to see the other places that you and I can just be together. Help me to slow down long enough to hear your voice. Help me to broaden my windows of opportunity. So I can share you Jesus with so many others. Help me to step out of the deer stand and out into the world.
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