The Parable of the Deer

This may or may not be meaningful to you. Personally, I’m not much of an outdoorsman. On a recent 1500 mile trip I was overwhelmed by the powerful imagery of (and similarity between) the way I found myself watching for deer and the ways in which I seek people who are not-yet-Christian. This story will contain the deer part… hearing the parable is up to you.

Seeing Deer
One can have a desire to see our fury friends and cease to lay eyes on a single one. There are several keys that I found helped me to see the deer. In a little less than two hours I saw 18 live ones and 9 of the other kind.

  • the right time of day (typically dawn or dusk) – they like cooler temperatures
  • knowing where to look
  • requires vigilance – constant watching
  • the looking makes time fly
  • there are even signs noting a historical presence

Distractions to Seeing Deer
As I was watching for and seeing these beautiful creatures I noticed that there were other things vying for my attention. They weren’t necessarily bad things (though some were). But these things made it very difficult for me to see the deer.

  • trees
  • the speed at which things were passing me by
  • trying to operate a moving vehicle while watching
  • writing these thoughts down so I wouldn’t forget them
  • phone calls
  • heat… as the sun and the temperature rose the deer vanished

Realities of Deer Seeking
I’m sure experiences vary and geography has much to do with my fortune of seeing so many deer in such a relatively short amount of time. This caused me to think… what were other realities that I was facing as part of this process?

  • some don’t make it… remember the 9 mentioned earlier
  • most travel together
  • almost all were near the edge of a wooded area
  • few were out in the open looking for something to eat

I learned much that day. Truthfully I’m pretty sure I would have remembered it all without writing it down. But now you can know the story too.

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