by Pastor Mark Fisher
August 22, 2017
It had been an incredibly dry summer in northern Minnesota. It meant that the winter logging roads were not their typical soggy swampy selves. It gave us Forest Service workers the chance to reach remote areas via the dried up logging roads.
It happened that I had a land survey project that normally would’ve been unreachable. It was in a swampy region and home to the rather large and intimidating moose. Yes, on occasion I have run into moose while in the backwoods and it was never a favorite experience of mine, especially during the fall rut.
Anyway, traveling as far as I could by truck, I hoofed my way back into the daunting bewitched forest (or so it seemed) following a compass bearing to a remote section corner. While walking in these shadowy woods it didn’t take long for my young overactive mind to create all kinds of moose laden scenarios. "Well", I thought, "at least I have my axe for protection." That was until I broke the axe handle chopping a tree! Dread gripped me as my imagination went wild. Tomorrow’s headlines would read, “U.S.F.S. employee attacked by Bull Moose!” Ugh!
I decided on another route out of the woods; one that would get to the truck more quickly. I took a compass bearing and began a very brisk pace. I hurriedly and frightfully made my way up a ravine when suddenly a grouse loudly flew up into my face! Reacting out of terror, I bellowed as loud as my lungs allowed! Looking down I realized I had nearly stepped on its nest.
Within moments I heartily laughed; I thanked God for the good prank. I knew that He was laughing along with me as I chuckled at my foolish self. My anxiety turned to cheerfulness; it was good. Consider Proverbs 15:13 and 17:22:“A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken… A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.”
By the way, I never did see a moose that day only a little harmless mother grouse doing her motherly job. God is good, He knew I needed a good laugh!