Friday, August 27, 2010

Releasing Arrows...

On the eve of our eldest
leaving home and making her way to Bible college...
Originally posted March 8, 2010...
Reposted for my own reminder and encouragement.
May it bless and encourage someone else, too.

In the archer's quiver are arrows.
He cares for each one,
preparing them for their purpose...
bending them, sharpening them,
straightening them, pointing them...
that they may be directed to the mark.

After preparation,
there comes a time to release.
And the archer watches,
at times in breathless anticipation,
as the arrow takes its flight,
aiming toward the mark it was created and prepared for.

Second guessing,
the archer wonders if the arrow was ready...
How will it fare as it flies through
the opposing elements in its path?
Panic and fear crowd the archer
and vision becomes cloudy,
as sight is taken off the mark.

A still small voice the archer hears...
"... Be not afraid, only believe."

Reassurance floods
as the eyes of the archer
turn to the Master Archer,
knowing He is in control...
He knows how to guide the arrow...
He knows how to pick it up if it falls...
He will help the arrow to its mark...
He is, after all, the Master Archer...
and He created the arrow for His purpose.
And He guides the arrow with His Divine hand...
He will not let the arrow go.

The archer,
the tool which the Master Archer used,
steps back, in peace and rest,
to watch in awe and delight
as the Master Archer guides
the arrow on its path,
knowing the Master Archer will be the One
to receive all of the glory and praise,
during the arrow's journey
and when it reaches the mark.

"Children are compared to "arrows".
Now, we know that sticks are not by nature arrows;
they do not grow so, but they are made so;
by nature they are knotty and rugged,
but by art they are made smooth and handsome.
So children by nature are rugged and untoward,
but by education are refined and reformed,
made pliable to the divine will and pleasure."
--George Swinnock, 1627-1673.

"As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man;
so are children of the youth."
~ Psalm 127:4

We're releasing an arrow.
I am that archer.
The Master Archer,
in His infinite goodness,
speaks to my heart.
I hear Him.
How can I not?

"... Be not afraid,
only believe.
Yeshua {Jesus} says.
{in Mark 5:36}

"And straightway
the father of the child cried out,

and said with tears,
{Master} Lord, I believe;

help thou mine unbelief."
~ Mark 9:24

"Be strong and of a good courage,
fear not, nor be afraid of them:
for {YHVH} the LORD thy {Elohim} God,
He it is that doth go with thee;

He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee."
~ Deuteronomy 31:6

What a comfort...
HE goes with the arrow...
He will not fail
nor forsake the arrow...
nor will He the archer.

It's easy to forget sometimes
that He created the arrows...
they are HIS...
and He loves them
more than I ever could.

Thank you, YHVH,
for entrusting me
with Your precious arrow.

I give Your arrow back to You.
She is Yours.
Thank you for Your Perfect Love
which casts out fear.
{1 John 4:18}

Thank you for Your perfect peace
and everlasting strength.

"Thou wilt keep him
in perfect peace,

whose mind is stayed on Thee:
because he trusteth in Thee.
Trust ye in {YHVH} the LORD for ever:
for in {YHVH} the LORD {Yah} JEHOVAH
is everlasting strength"

~ Isaiah 26:3-4

I trust You, YHVH.
Thou art Worthy.
May You receive all glory!

"Give unto {YHVH} the LORD
the glory due unto His name;

worship {YHVH} the LORD
in the beauty of holiness."

~ Psalm 29:2

"Saying, Amein:
Blessing, and glory,
and wisdom, and thanksgiving,

and honour, and power, and might,
be unto our {Elohim} God for ever and ever.

~ Revelation 7:12


Lindsey said...


While I have yet to be an "Archer" (a.k.a Mother,) I can only imagine how hard it must be to watch your precious arrow move forward... Rest assured, our Magnificent Heavenly Father has your beloved "arrow" in His hand! Dear, sweet, Mother Archer - I pray that you'll be comforted by His words as you (and Ally both) prepare for what God has in store for her life! Praying for you, my friend! May you continue to experience His peace! :-)

Pam--in Estonia said...

I LOVE this, Christina! Beautifully written and a wonderful reminder of our duties as "archers". Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Wow,that was really heart-felt..I know you and Ally both will put your trust in our wonderful Lord and my prayers will always be for all of ya's and I know God is with you..
Love Mama

Jessica D said...

I have enjoyed your blog immensely and peek in every couple of days or so. Reading this brought a mist to my eyes. I have four blessings 9, 6, 4, and 8 months. The eldest three are daughters. My husband and I have begun preparing our hearts for the time when we must "launch" our own arrows. Thank you for being open and willing to share this time with us. May God bless.
P.S. The love of my life is an ex-Marine 1996-2001. They hold a place in my heart.


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