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               Timing is everything. Have you ever just felt like you were out of sync with what was going on in the woods or on the water? Sometimes it seems that on the days that you can go fishing, the weather is terrible or the fish are uncooperative. And on the days that you can’t go, or just decide not to go; those are the days that limits are caught in the first hour. It’s the same with hunting. It seems sometimes, on the days that I go deer hunting, that the deer are not stirring, but let me stay home one morning and they’re everywhere. Timing is everything and most of the time we are usually “one day late and a dollar short.”

               I can only remember a few moments in my life that I actually hit it on the right day; like the day I caught more fish than I could count in a twenty minute span or the few times when the bucks were coming by so frequent that you were afraid to reach in your backpack for a cracker. These were the days that it all came together; that you were there at the right place and at the right time. That’s the goal during each hunting season; it’s to be in the woods during the best days and even during the best time of each day. That’s why we look at moon phases and other weather patterns; in order to give ourselves the best opportunity for success. Sometimes the days or the times seem odd. From a novice’s perspective it may look as if we have picked the most inopportune time to do what we do. But we know that we are there because we believe just the opposite.

               At Christmas we celebrate another special moment in time; a time that seemed strange to many who were there. It was strange for the Savior of the world to be born in a manger, at an insignificant place, and to seemingly insignificant people. But it all happened in the perfect will and timing of God. The scriptures put it this way; “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman.” It was a day that God lined up the birth of His Son with the need of His people. The timing was perfect. It was so perfect that we are still talking about that event today. It was so perfect that lives are still changed by that event today. And it was so perfect that it will never happen again. And that’s why we celebrate Christmas.

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