Every year, I always look forward to the Blast & Cast duck hunting event in Rockport. Duck hunting is one of my favorite things to do especially at this event. Just imagine the bright orange ball of sun making its way over the bay. And there’s a dark spot in that ball of orange, a flying dark spot with two wings and a red head. You get your shotgun ready, and the duck is bringing its wings up to slow itself down to land in the still water. You fly out of your seat, put the barrel on the duck, and squeeze the trigger. Feathers fly out from every direction of this beautiful duck, and the duck dog pounces into the water for the retrieve. That moment is just awesome, and you also got yourself a tasty dinner that melts in your mouth. It really just doesn’t get much better than that.
When I first started going to the Blast & Cast events, it was always hard to pay attention to the devotions because I was too excited for the fishing and hunting the next morning. Until everything changed at the 2017 Rockport duck hunting event. It was the last night and everybody gathered around outside of where we stood in line for food, and Brodie said a long devotion. I paid close attention and right about in the middle of the devotion, I realized why I was really there. It wasn’t to duck hunt or have fun. It was to learn and worship the Lord. I never really knew what it meant to truly believe Jesus died on the cross for me, but I thought I did. Until that moment, I was just trying to live life for me and do it the best I could. But now I realize why I’m on this earth, and that is to share the Word of God. My view of my purpose changed that night. I still love duck hunting and fishing, but now my life is based on the Lord.
Every time I go to a Blast & Cast event I have so much fun, but also I learn more about the Lord and I feel like it’s building me up to teach others as well. One day, I want to teach the Word through hunting and fishing, too.
And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19, ESV)
*This devotion was written by Ethan Cantu. Ethan is 13 years old and is a Blast & Cast Jr. Field Staff member.