Sunday, November 9, 2014

Unbelievable!

On Sunday nights, along with a couple of our friends, we meet with some young married couples. It's an informal gathering. We are about 25 years older than the young marrieds, and we have made ourselves available to talk with them about life. These couples are newly married, or just starting a family, and are in a season of life that we have already passed through. Our contribution is to talk to them out of our experiences and to be a spiritual and practical resource at this season in their lives. Don't for a minute think that we see all the benefit going in one direction -- from us to them. That's not the case at all. They are transparent, thoughtful, and engaging. Their questions and perspective challenge ours and keep us relevant in communicating the faith once delivered.

Tonight we had something extremely unusual happen. Our fire pit is right next to the 2-3 acre pond in our back yard. As we sat around the crackling fire conversing, all of a sudden we heard a loud splash. One of the couples asked if we had alligators. I said, "No." Me, I thought it may have been a tree fall into the pond. Someone else wondered if a beaver had leaped from the bank into the lake, or a really large fish jumped. All of us arose from our chairs and the mesmerizing fire and stared out across the dark surface of the pond. We could see nothing. Sandy went into the house and got our powerful flashlight with the pistol grip handle. Standing on the bank, she swept the beam across the water toward the area of the commotion. Believe it or not, the white lane of light revealed a deer swimming in the lake. As she swept the light right and toward the south, we immediately saw why the deer had plunged into the lake. Several sets of eyes belonging to a pack of coyotes glowed. They had chased the frantic deer into the pond. Legal or not, I retrieved a couple of my handguns and fired in their general direction. They scattered. After a few minutes, the frightened deer climbed out of the pond and bedded down under a large pine tree amid a stand of high brush.


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