How is a child like an arrow?
Sounds like a riddle from Alice’s Mad Hatter. If you had asked me a few weeks ago I probably wouldn’t have had an answer. How can a child be like an arrow? The thing about arrows, if you want them to hit the mark you have to aim them true.
It’s the same with children.
If you want your child to hit the mark, if you want that little baby to grow up into a strong Christian who loves the Lord and shines His mercy and love to the world, you have to aim that child true.
Kind of makes this whole parent gig extremely weighty. It’s up to you to aim your child towards God, hope, and salvation.
This really isn’t a popular path either.
This is a path that’s filled with trials, ridicule, scorn, and rejection. Christianity may still be the majority when it comes to religious representation, but that’s not taking into account the abundance of denominations and their theological differences. It doesn’t take into account the churches that have fallen away from the Bible and are teaching messages itchy ears want to hear instead of the truth. When you start weeding away all that’s represented by the majority you discover that following God’s Word as the only authority becomes quite the little minority.
It’s a small target to aim for, over the long distance of time.
This verse came up in two different studies, which really highlighted its importance for me. That, and I’ve been thinking about Isaiah 55:6, “Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near.”
Seek the Lord while you can find Him.
This verse implies there will come a time when you won’t be able to find the Lord. When it’s too late and He’s no longer near. It really highlights the importance that we can’t wait until we aren’t so busy. We can’t put off seeking God when it fits into our schedule, and we can’t put off teaching our children about God until we think they are ready.
It’s not easy, aiming an arrow true. Thankfully God promises to give me strength and wisdom when I ask.
I finished both Bible studies! Momstrong this morning and the sample of Grit&Grace this evening. I’ll be starting something new tomorrow! Spending time in God’s word has really helped a lot. I have a lot more learning and growing to do, but I’m excited for it.