Faithful Fridays is a weekly "meme" hosted on my blog. I made it so that Christians could have one day out of the week (Friday) to share something from their Christian walk on their blog. If you'd like to participate, write your post, grab the button from the Faithful Fridays page on my blog (so that it will link back here), and come link up at the bottom of this post! :)
As Christians, we are called to be like arrows, pointing toward Jesus. Moses, Abraham, Noah, Mary, Joseph, the disciples....all of these people's lives were arrows, pointing to Jesus, pointing to that message of hope and love and forgiveness. They were ordinary people, even if that's hard to believe. I mean, I know we hear about them all our lives as heroes and great people and they were, but they were small and ordinary and weak just like us.
And we can make a difference like they did, point to Jesus like they did. Just let God use you. Submit to His will. Say, "Lord, I'm open to whatever you have for me." Be ready for the adventures and the ups and downs God has for you in this life, because it's going to be unforgettable if you let Him lead you!
Have you ever noticed that an arrow splits and goes back before it shoots forward, so to speak?
I think sometimes our life as a Christian is like that.
For my reading/writing friends out there--you know how often, in a story, there's a low point the hero hits right before he fights his last battle? It's the point where he feels as if everything is lost and he's done....and then, by whatever means, he's shot forward into the heroic deed he was created to perform!
As Christians, followers of Jesus, arrows pointing to Him, we may start out doing okay....you know, going straight forward, no big ups or downs in our life. And then we hit this low point where we are so down in the dumps, despairing, afraid, lonely, weak. We feel split in the middle, and like we've taken ten steps back to where we used to be. We cry out to God.
And He picks us up, dusts us off, takes our hand, and leads us down the road He has for us, lifting us up higher and in more faith than ever before. And that low point is so worth it, because that's how God shapes us into the arrow that points to Jesus.
So please remember, if you're going through a hard time, dealing with weaknesses, failures, disappointments, hurt, sadness, fear....God can use all of this to build your faith in Him, if you'll let Him. He loves you and never lets go of your hand!
.....Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
-2 Corinthians 12:7-10
God bless you and have a great day! :)