Psalm 127:3-5 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.
I do not want to take time to explain the blessing and privilege of being a parent. That should be obvious to all of us. God blesses us with children and we are greatly honored to be parents.
I would like to focus with you on the fact that they are like arrows or weapons in the hands of the mighty man of God. That is what causes such great happiness. It is not the ability to procreate but the ability to disciple and replicate what God has done in your life.
The arrows, children, seem to learn from their parents to not be ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ and to speak with the enemies in the gate or places of leadership.
Some thoughts for parents about arrows.
Arrows do not just grow up like straight flying, straight shooting arrows. They were made from limbs of trees. They had to be formed. They had to well prepared to shoot well.
The preparation of a branch from a tree to an arrow has to be a little uncomfortable. The excess growth must be cut off, the external beauty (leaves, flowers or buds, etc) are chopped off. The rough spots must be smoothed out. The outer bark, the hard outer shell probably even had to be removed.
In other words parents need to know that there is much more to raising children than providing for their needs and wants. They must be trained. They must be formed and shaped.
The arrow maker must be a disciplined person. He must every day work on the same craft but in different areas. Maybe today the arrow will need to be soaked in water and dried another day. Maybe today is the day to pull out the knife and cut away the excess growth.
Whatever ever is going on he must realize that he is doing something very important. He must not leave the arrow alone. Left alone the arrow will not flight straight or right. The arrow will never reach the mark it was meant for if he does not stay diligent.
Due to the shortness of space here let me give you one more reminder. The arrow must be sent on its way to fly to the spot appointed. Arrows that never leave the quiver never accomplish the purpose for which they were made. They are weapons in the hands of a mighty man only if they are used.
This has been a small meditation on children as arrows and I hope it motivates you to think about the great responsibility you have with your children and what more God might have you to do to prepare your children for the ministry He has for them.
Look up and study the art of making arrows and make some comparisons.