Christmas day is rapidly approaching and I am prayerful you all are prepared with a warm heart to celebrate Jesus’ birth.
If all is on track you would have read Chapters 16 through 20 this week in our book. The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp. (affiliate link)
Each day, as I followed along with Ann’s poetic words, I saw arrows.
Arrows of direction, defense, misdirection, my direction and His direction.
I put a mixed metal and wood arrow together for this week’s project. It is easier than it looks and can be displayed year round. I love that it can be turned any direction…just like us. It’s a simple take on all the string art that is popular right now.
Here are some steps along with my perspective on how the arrow showed itself all week.
I feel like Jonah often. I want to turn heels and run when I am called to things that make me uncomfortable, stretched or just plain aren’t on my agenda. Headed off in my direction I find myself in a sinking situation all to often.
Ann says, “He did not abandon you in the ultimate storm of your soul. He will not abandon you in the immediate storm of your now.” We are never alone and God, being the polite soul He is, will let us chose our own way.
Even when he knows better.
Even when He knows it’s going to hurt.
Even when He sees the storm on the horizon.
Then his people will live there undisturbed, for he will be highly honored around the world. And he will be the source of peace. Micah 5:4-5
I see God’s steely arrows slung at my fears. He fights for me.
When I let Him.
His arrows are tipped with victory, a sure win.
When I let them.
The thing is God’s people will never live in peace until they are with Him. Until we all bow down and let his arrows do the talkin’ and we just do the walkin’ He tells us to. The wars are not ours to win or lose.
This is an amazing reminder that love comes down in a tiny baby that goes to blows with the darkness. His arrows are better than mine. I pray I use them more, they are mine for the asking. Only when I allow him to handle my battles will I rest in a land, undisturbed and full of peace.
Esther chose to follow God’s path for her. Scary or not.
“You’ve got gifts that weren’t given to line your life with; they were given to be a lifeline to others – or lose your life.” What a beautiful truth Ann points out.
So Esther made herself a bridge for others by choosing to use her place, her gifts and her life and point them to her maker.
Self _____ Selfish
Take ____ Give
Safe _____ Called
World’s direction _____ God’s direction
Waiting. We always want the arrow to be moving. Direction and quick!
But sometimes God wants our arrow to be still, for us to rest and wait on Him.
What direction am I looking? Where am I focusing? Does my arrow need to shift? Does my gaze need discipline upward? Am I waiting or heading out in my own direction?
This couple was intentional and obedient to follow God’s word. Even when they weren’t geting their way. Elizabeth thought she was barren.
And then a baby. A pretty important baby. One who would prepare the path for Jesus.
“God meets us right where we don’t believe.” What a true line from Mrs. Voskamp.
We don’t believe we are important enough, good enough or loved enough to be used. Walking in the direction of obedience puts us on the path to fulfuilling the plans God has to use us. Sometimes our job/direction may be to ready something for someone or something bigger than us.
In the coming weeks, as you look over your shiny arrow project, I hope you’ll think about the way your arrow is pointed and the never failing defender that leads the way home.
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