There were many things I enjoyed about living in Michigan but one of the things that I
missed was pheasant hunting. I would hear people in West Michigan talk about the
good old days when there were pheasants everywhere but when I lived there if you saw
a pheasant you pulled over to the side of the road to look at it because you rarely saw
one. One day while at the Allegan County Fair I saw a booth for Pheasants Forever,
which I thought rather oxymoronic at that time and in that place. So I went over to see
what the person had to say. He was a state biologist for Pheasants Forever and told me
he was trying to start a local chapter in Allegan County. Before I knew it I was signing
up to attend a meeting and at that meeting was being elected the Treasurer for this new
chapter. I became very involved in the work of this group, organizing and implementing
fundraisers so that we could promote habitat for Pheasants. I had been doing it for a
few years and then a call came from a church in Sioux City, Iowa so I had to give up my
role with that group. It was somewhat a relief as I often felt overextended with my involvement.
When we moved to Siouxland I thought I would give myself a year or two to
relax, besides I needed to draw back a little from some things now that I was taking a
new position with a new church start, life would be busy enough. It has been twelve
years and even though I have attended a few fund raising banquets, I never re-engaged
in this work. At one point I found myself feeling a little guilty but thought to myself that
they did things so differently that I am better off staying uninvolved or maybe looking for
a different group.
Human beings will disconnect by just drawing back. Sometimes we think we need a break. Sometimes we think we do not like the way things are going. Sometimes we think we are just not wanted or needed. Then when we feel disconnected we wonder why? Sometimes we may even blame others for the disconnected feeling. When the Preacher of Hebrew encourages us to run the race, we are told to cast off the things that hinder us; and just keep on keepin’ on. We are to look to Jesus who though was denied and rejected by those even close to him remained connected to his followers and all who would listen. We need to realize that sometimes people draw back and we need to help them re-engage. People who draw back need to realize and accept personal responsibility for disconnecting and take personal responsibility in reconnecting again.