I have this fascination with arrows. When I see an arrow, I am often reminded of several aspects of what it looks like to follow God's direction. First of all, we see arrows all around us in various sizes and various thickness. Arrows are literally all over the places. The arrows God gives us in our own lives can be the same way. God leaves us arrows everywhere to help us determine where the Lord is leading us in our next steps. Sometimes the arrows are right out in the open with clear cut signs. Other times the arrows are a little smaller, less brighter, and you really have to squint to see them. However, they are there. If we take the time to listen to God whisper and keep our heart and mind open, the arrows are there for us to see and follow. Arrows also can create tension when being used. Think about shooting a bow and arrow. To launch the arrow, you have to pull it back, creating tension, before you let it fly. Often times when we are following the arrows that God lays out for our journey, tension is created. This can be tension within ourselves including fear, apprehension, anxiety of whether or not we can face the change that God has planned for our lives as we follow Him. Other times, it can be tension we feel from other people. Sometimes, following God does not always make sense or look the way others around us think life should look. There is tension in our relationship with others as we walk in obedience with God. Arrows can often point us to freedom. When we follow the arrows we feel free. As we go in the direction the arrows are pointing, we feel a weight lift off of our shoulders, because it is now obvious to us which way we should go. Walk in the directions of your arrows and feel the freedom of knowing you are following God's plan for your life.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6.