A release... such a small and often overlooked tool in the whitetail woods. When you think about it, it’s really an amazing little device that not only pulls back, but also holds a ton of pressure. Anywhere from 20 - 100 lbs of pressure, all hanging on a little metal device that seems so sensitive when touched.
Any bowhunter knows that seconds can quickly turn into what seems like hours, as you hold down at full draw on a monster whitetail. You’re as steady as a rock when the stare down begins, but as it continues, those seconds turn into minutes and those minutes start to feel like hours. You’re still anchored down and as steady as possible, but as time wears on the first bead of sweat rolls down the side of your face. You’re body slowly starts to quiver and then shake. You start to wonder if the deer is going to bolt or finally realize that nothing’s wrong and start to feed again. Your shoulder’s burning and your arm’s starting to cramp. The bow’s getting heavier and the strings getting harder to hold. Panic starts to set in, because there’s NO WAY you can hold it much longer! The buck of a lifetime is going to bust, all because you can’t handle the pressure!!! Insanity starts to set in as all of this is going through your mind!!!
...... All while your little release holds steady and true. It has no idea of what pressure even is, as it patiently waits for that moment when it’s operator says, “it’s go time”. The thought of your solid release steadies you once again. You calm your nerves and control your breathing. You anchor your pin and settle it in behind the shoulder. You quickly say a prayer as you breathe in and slowly exhale... and then, you pull the trigger... Turns out, it was just a target in the back yard.
Is the pressure of life weighing down on your shoulders? If so, I would recommend turning to God and giving it all to Him. He never intended for us to bare all of these burdens. That’s why He sent His Son.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”