By Adam Brister
There's something about watching a sunrise wake up the landscape that never gets old. No matter how many times you sit in the same spot, and watch the same sun begin to peek over the horizon, it always seems like the first time you've seen it. It's predictable. The sun will begin the same journey across the sky that it made the day before. The songbirds will be singing the same songs they've sung all their lives. The dew will get your shoes or bare feet wet until it evaporates into the atmosphere. But this is all far from the "same ol' same ol'."
If you're around me any length of time, you'll find out that I love the outdoors. I grew up fishing, hunting and camping with my family, and still would rather be outside on any given day of the week than inside. So when the opportunity came along to work with Eagle's View and share what I do and my love for all things outdoors with its readers, I didn't hesitate.
Some of my earliest and fondest memories are of being with my dad, Olen, or my Papaw, Rev. Daniel Hemphill, either on the lake or in the woods. To this day it's hard to wet a line and not think of my Papaw. The memories you make doing those types of things never really leave you. I couldn't tell you the last time I played a video game, not that there's anything wrong with them. I had a Playstation 2 back when those were cool. I even had hunting and fishing games for it. But I can still vividly remember fishing trips from years ago.
As I write this I'm preparing to fly out to hunt elk in Wyoming near where I grew up. I feel very blessed and excited about the trip for several reasons. For starters, I'll be spending some time with my family and chasing an awesome animal with archery gear. I tend to walk quite a ways when I'm hunting because it gets you away from the crowds, closer to the animals and puts you right in the middle of a landscape painting that no artist can match. I get to see God's handiwork in its purest form, without any filters or editing, the way it was meant to be seen. I'll take in a few of those sunrises from a good vantage point, watch as the Creator brings the world he created to life, and thank Him for the chance just to be there.
Find somewhere near you to spend a little time away from the cars and phones and computers that fill our lives these days. You just may see a side of God you haven't seen before, or had forgotten.
Happy Trails and God Bless,
By day, Adam Brister is a retail manager in the busy Metro Atlanta area. He attends Word of Life Tabernacle in Covington, Georgia. In his free-time he can be found far away from the concrete jungle. You can visit him at adambrister.blogspot.com