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Topic: REFUGE (08/29/19)
TITLE: Mama’s Boy
By Bonnie Kronberger
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Because he honored his parents, he tackled college, working toward earning an engineering degree. Four years into the program, he threw up his hands. “This is not the life for me. I cannot spend my life sitting at a desk.”
On a whim, he headed to the backcountry of Idaho and landed at an outdoor guide school, believing the rigors of outdoor living and the challenge of outwitting wildlife would suit him better. After one week of training, a few outfitters came into camp looking for packers. Lance was ill-prepared for mountain survival, plus guide training was only half done. Nevertheless he threw his hat in the ring, declaring, “ I want the toughest boss with no frills and few creature comforts.”
Thus began several years of learning to be a top-notch hunting guide from a man as tough as his dad. No assignment was beyond his willingness to tackle, even if his know-how was lacking. Being a packer, he did the grunt work—taking the packed horses ahead to base camp, setting up tents and kitchen, watching and learning the ways of wildlife and the wilderness.
There was no shortage of adventures. Disaster was just a misstep away. While walking along a narrow trail, pulling the horse team, a rattlesnake struck out from a rock ledge. Lance jumped back in the nick of time to miss the strike, but ended up sliding down the shale hillside. He climbed back to the trail, with a battered and bruised body and ego. That rattlesnake’s skin became a band on his hat.
He had plenty of time to contemplate God’s creation and his place in it. He knew his job was risky business and counted on prayer to help him through. Because he counted on his mom’s prayers, he had a story dear to his heart, about a platoon of soldiers pinned in their foxhole by the enemy. One soldier had crawled close to throw a grenade but was instead blasted in the arm. He lay injured, in sight of his platoon but whenever a comrade attempted to help, he was fired upon. They waited for hours, and at exactly 9:00 am, one soldier sprinted toward the injured man. All the machine guns opened up on him. In a hail of bullets he scooped up the injured man, slung him over his shoulder, and safely returned to the foxhole. When asked why he ran out into the face of danger, the young man said, “When I left home my mother told me she would be praying for me at 9:00 am, wherever I was. So I knew no bullets would touch me while Mom was at her prayer altar.”
Lance coveted his mother’s prayers. He remembered to pray too, especially the night he got lost in a snowstorm. He was instructed to pick up supplies from a cache and bring it to base camp. A blizzard came in, obliterating trails and landmarks. Lance was disoriented, cold, and scared. He doesn’t know how, but he got to safety, even when it seemed impossible.
Back home, his mom was not without worries. Lance’s letters and phone calls gave her enough information to know his job was dangerous. Prayer was the only way to help her son, and she gratefully prayed. One day she cried out to the Lord, “I know I’m not supposed to live in fear Lord. Please show me how to release my son and my fear into Your care.”
While doing her Bible study, she came upon a scripture she didn’t remember reading before. “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.” Lance’s mother claimed this promise for her son, her worry and fear replaced by peace and trust. She believed whatever happened to Lance was allowed by God and that Lance would be in the place God had prepared for him.
Many years have passed. Lance is now a highly acclaimed big game hunting guide in Alaska, praising God for his success and health. God’s angel is doing a mighty fine job.
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