“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5

Recently, a friend invited me to join him for opening weekend of pheasant hunting at an outfitter in South Dakota.  Our host was former St. Louis Cardinal and L.A. Dodger pitcher, Todd Worrell.  During his playing days, Worrell’s life had been impacted by FCA, and his heart was transformed.  In his retirement, he had a vision to minister to people through pheasant hunting, one of his passions, and established a hunting camp on a large parcel of land in the Dakotas. He developed the camp to be not just a hunting lodge, but a place where people can come together to do something they love, and deepen their relationships with each other, and with Christ.  

As someone who doesn’t even own a gun, this trip held a big question mark for me, and my wildest ideas were realized as the details of the hunt unfolded.  In the morning after we got geared up and outfitted with guns, we boarded a transport vehicle stocked with coffee, cocoa, beef jerky and the day’s essentials.

Once in the field, the twelve of us took our positions in close proximity to one another and began to push and move the birds down the field.  We were all focused on the same goal as we waited for the birds to be flushed out.  It was clearly an exercise in trust, not just for me, but for all the other guys who were experienced hunters, as our lives were basically in the hands of eleven other people. As we pushed the birds down the field, working together, I can’t imagine how some of them might have felt, as they glanced across the field and thought: “I hope this guy doesn’t shoot me in the face,” and I made a request to God that I wouldn’t shoot anyone, and that no one would shoot me!  

It turned out to be an unbelievable experience and, as we came together at the end of the day to share stories about the day, and about what God has been doing in our lives, I realized that this camaraderie, which was based on the trust we had developed in each other as Christ followers, was something that could never quite be replicated.