What an awesome responsibility it is to have and raise children. I’ve done a lot of thinking about this lately. I am so thankful for God’s grace. I’m so thankful that God handpicked me to be their mom. So what does it mean to raise arrows?
Psalms 127:4-5 (NIV), “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with the opponents in court.”
I’ve very recently stumbled on this scripture and I keep coming back to it. I’ve heard my friends or acquaintances refer to their kids as “arrows” but I never truly dove in to the scripture and the meaning of it before now. I always knew that it was a Christian reference but I never allowed myself to fully grasp/understand the meaning behind this scripture…. until now.
Easily my children are my greatest accomplishment and persistent instigator to become a better person. In my study Bible they liken children to assets rather than liabilities. How God values children and that parents and people in general learn from their inquisitive minds and trusting spirits. Children therefore are not a distraction from a greater work but an opportunity to shape the future. (*Life Application Study Bible, NIV Version)
A Hunter’s Daughter
My dad, brother, grandpa and uncle’s are all hunters. The concept of a bow and arrow and providing for our family is something that I understand. If I allow myself to think back I swear I can smell the smell of cold when my dad walked in the door from hunting. I can remember harvesting the meat with my siblings, mom and dad at the kitchen table… I honestly cannot believe I was comfortable cutting venison with my hands.
A really un-technical approach to shooting a bow… I have never done so. I have however seen my family members do so. (*a disclaimer of sorts)
Steps to Shooting an Arrow
- Position your feet and body so that you are aligned with the target.
- Raise and draw the the bow back.
- Aim at the Target.
- Release the arrow.
As parents God gives us the wonderful opportunity to mold and shape our children (our arrows) to go out in to the world and be world changers. What a huge responsibility we as parents have to raise Godly children. Children that know and love the Lord.
You’ve got to read Ruth Schwenk’s rally cry for mom’s (parents) to rise up and raise arrows. Her writing get’s me fired up about being a warrior for Christ and about the awesome responsibility we have to raise our children to know Jesus. Here is an excerpt from Ruth’s post,
“It’s about straightening what’s crooked. Sanding the rough spots. Sharpening the point. Adjusting the feathers. Dedicating time to target practice. It’s making sure this arrow understands its purpose, the reason it will someday be free in flight.” -Ruth Schwenk
Whew what a challenge. Thankfully God gives us grace upon, grace. His Word says in 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV), “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” I don’t know about you but I’m thankful that grace has my back because I am so far from the perfect parent.
Why is raising arrows about “me” and not just about our children?
We must always stay humble and seek God regularly relying on Him to shape us in to effective warriors for Christ. There will be set backs and big victories when shaping our arrows for being released in to the world. It’s imperative that we realize that without God we are nothing. When we rely on Him for guidance in all areas our Christian character develops, matures and falls in line to what God’s called us to be – His warriors. By admitting that we need God’s help in shaping our arrows we allow room for growth within ourselves so that we may fulfill God’s calling.