Missing the Mark 

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23 

(Gordon and his wife Aronlee) 

          I loved hunting and in South-East Idaho my hunting buddy was Gordon Gould. We would get up before light, fuel up his big,red 6 pack truck, buy coffee and snacks and head out. 

          Gordon had been raised in the area and hunted it all his life, so he knew every road and every trail that could be used as a road. Off we would go just as the sky was beginning to lighten with the approaching Sun. 

          Sometimes we would drive to specific spots where there had been reports or deer of elk (depending on which we had tags for) and get out and walk across the sand dunes (outside of St. Anthony, ID) or the lava rock. 

          Other times we would drive through some of the forested areas (that were within the areas we were allowed to hunt) looking for the shapes and shadows of the animals. Even if we didn’t harvest, we had a good time talking about work and about the Lord. 

          Early afternoon we were in the area around the dunes and suddenly a herd of deer came out from behind a hillock and ran parallel with us! There were fawns, yearlings, does and a couple bucks. 

          Gordon slammed on his brakes and jumped out with his scoped 30-06 rifle and lined up on a doe that was about 50 yards away (we’ll get to me in a second). He shot and missed (really unusual for Gordon)! Now the deer was about 60 yards out and Gordon shot again and missed again!  

          Gordon shot at the deer 5 or 6 times with the same result – missed. Now, what was Mario doing? Well, I didn’t know it but the speaker wire from the radio to the speaker in my door had looped around the toe of my boot. So . . . . I grabbed my rifle with my left hand, opened the door with my right and it pulled my foot out! 

          I yanked my boot back in and the door shut! So, I opened the door again and my foot was yanked outside and I yanked it back it and the door shut! In the meantime, Gordon is yelling, “C’mon Julio! (His nickname for me) Get out here!” 

          All I could do was say “I can’t! I can’t!” still fighting with the door, the wire and my boot. At some point the deer all disappeared and Gordon was just about ready to throw his rifle way. After he calmed down (seems like laughing at my situation helped) we took an empty gallon water jug and set it out about 75 yards from us. 

          I took the binoculars to watch where the bullet hit and Gordon leaned across the hood of his truck, took aim and fired. I did not see the bullet anywhere near the jug. Gordon loaded in another round, told me to just eyeball it and fired again. 

          This time I saw the dust where the bullet hit – 3 feet in front of the jug! His scope was 3 feet off! That is such a huge distance Gordon was going to have to take the scope off when he got home and reset it. 

          In archery if you miss the target, it is said you “missed the mark”. Five times in the book of Romans, Paul uses the Greek word, hamartanō” translated as “sinned” in the English (Romans 2:12, 3:23, 5:12, 5:14, and 5:16) and the second meaning listed in Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance is “to miss the mark”. 

          Just like my Brother Gordon had to readjust his scope so that he could shoot straight, people need to readjust themselves to make sure they are following the Lord. Truth be told, we know when we have “missed the mark”, when we have strayed off the path. 

Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein,and ye shall find rest for your souls.” Jeremiah 6:16 

One Response to “MISSING THE MARK”

  1. Shandy says:

    I love to hear hunting stories of you and my daddy. I also love to hear how you relate the to the bible.

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