“Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth.”
I read this verse many times when I was younger, but could barely understand it. I thought that children were just something good, and since I was one of them I felt very pleased. I thought, “Cool! I’m a blessing to my parents!”
Now that I am the father of three young children, I have begun to understand what the Lord wants to teach us through this passage.
Why does God compare children to arrows?
Well, I can tell you, it seems that sometimes my children are unable to stay still. They run around the house without stopping, and sometimes I have to make an effort to avoid running into them and keep someone from getting hurt. In that way, they are a lot like arrows!
But, besides that, I believe God wanted to teach me much more through this comparison. That is what I want to share with you today.
I understood that children are like arrows because they have a purpose. They have a goal to reach, and they need to be well directed in order to hit the mark of their lives. No arrow reaches where it needs to be by itself. It needs an archer who has the ability to launch it with the necessary strength and in the right direction.
This is why today, we see many young people confused and unsure of what to do with their lives. They don’t know where to go. They are groping their way around, making mistakes, getting hurt and hurting others, too. They are like arrows thrown into the air aimlessly, because they have not received the right direction for their lives.
Parents have the challenge of being those warriors that this Psalm speaks of. Courageous moms and dads who assume their responsibility with love and learn to always depend on the Lord to raise their children.
“Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it. Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain” (Psalm 127:1).
Today I thank the Lord for my parents. From the moment they encountered Jesus, they always gave me direction through the Word and led me in His purpose. Now, together with my wife, we can say that we are fulfilling a well-defined goal. We are helping young people in the ministry and preparing our three “little arrows”, so that when the time comes, they can also be launched towards their purpose and hit the target.
By: Leonardo Chávez