Saintly Arrows

“A saint’s life is in the hands of God as a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see.” -OSWALD CHAMBERS.

I read this statement this morning and thought for a moment about how I go about my life. I usually get up with a plan in my head for how the day will unfold. Sometimes it happens and many times it doesn’t. I am sure that you can identify! But, regardless, I start off with a plan of what I want to accomplish. It’s just the way I’m wired.

Fortunately, especially as I have gotten older, I also start the day asking God how He wants to use me. I walk through the day with an eye on my plan, but also an eye on what God may do that was not in my plan at all. I walk with expectation and anticipation of “divine appointments” that I surely do not want to miss.

So many times we make the mistake of thinking we are the archer. God is the archer…we are the arrow. The arrow does not see, not does it need to see, what the archer is aiming at. The arrow simply needs to fly true. Am I doing my best to be “straight” and focused, true to my calling as a child of God every day? Am I willing to patiently sit, waiting for the Archer to release me to His intended target? Am I comfortable that I am not the one aiming the bow?

There is a lot to learn in this analogy. Are you willing to be the arrow, or are you trying to be the archer?

2 Samuel 22:15 New International Version
“He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy,
with great bolts of lightning he routed them.”

©Stephen B. Hatcher. All rights reserved


2 thoughts on “Saintly Arrows

  1. Beautiful! I especially appreciate the part where you state that as arrows, not only do we not see where the archer is aiming, but that we don’t need to see it. Being one who struggles with control and leaning on my own understanding (Proverbs 3:5), this post is a great reminder of Who is in charge and what my role to Him is!

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