Follow The Blood

In these final days of our deer season here in Tennessee, I once again encountered the inspiring insight noted in this post. For that reason I thought I’d highlight it again…

 Follow The Blood

“…knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things

like silver or gold…but with the precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished

and spotless, the blood of Christ.”  (1 Peter 1:18,19)

 

Without exception, the most emotionally charged moment for me as a deer hunter is not when the animal is spotted or walks into the range of my bow or gun, and not when I take the shot…it’s when I find the first drop of blood on the ground.

At the first sighting of the red proof that my shot connected I can feel my eyes widen, my pulse rate climb, and my breathing is noticeably quickened. And…as I slowly move along and find another drop, the words I whisper cannot be contained.

“Oh…right there…and…there….ah…here…more…there…!”

        Finding and following a blood trail is an exciting thing indeed, but not just because it means there’s a hard earned deer waiting to be recovered. In the tracking process is a very compelling illustration of the only hope any of us have in this life for being reconciled to God. That hope is explained in the following song.


Follow The Blood

I watched the arrow as it flew

From the shelf upon my bow

I was sure its flight was true

When I saw the red stains in the snow

So I….

Follow the blood

That crimson sign

Follow that trail

I know I’ll find

Death that gives life

A gift from above

Sadness and joy

Follow the blood

I saw the drops of sorrow on the ground

Then at once it came to me

The hope of all mankind is found

On the way to Calvary

So I…

Follow the blood

That crimson sign

Follow that trail

I know I’ll find

 Death that gives life

A Gift from above

Sadness and joy

Follow the blood

Steve Chapman/Times & Seasons Music/BMI/2007

(From the CD, First Winds of Autumn)

Comments

  1. Thomas Massalsky says

    As a former deer hunter, I certainly enjoy this song. Like always, Steve, you certainly have a way to bring things into perspective! Love you and Annie a lot, and your music, too! GBU

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