Arrows Not Answers

Today’s post is a part of the Five Minute Friday link up. We write for 5 minutes on a one-word prompt and see what happens. Today’s prompt is “Question.”

What I’m about to say I’m taking directly from fellow Redbud Writer’s Guild friend Emily P. Freeman. In a podcast from last year, Emily talked about the fact that we’re always looking for answers from God. We want clarity, we want details. But God doesn’t tend to answer our questions in that way. So her podcast episode was titled “Look for Arrows (Not Answers).”

emily freeman podcastI thought that was brilliant.

I also loved a prayer she prayed near the end. It included this line: “We are looking for a plan but then You offer us Your hand. May it be enough today.”

We want plans, He offers His hand. We don’t always know where He’s taking us. Most of the time we have more questions than we do answers, but if we trust the character of God, we will take that hand and let Him lead.

Ever gone out looking for yard sales on a Saturday? Many times all we see are signs with arrows drawn on them. Go this way. When you need to turn again, we’ll let you know. Meanwhile, keep going. There will be treasures at the end.

Yard sales don’t always end in treasures because, you know, yard sales. But we know that if we walk with God, we will find the treasure of His presence wherever we go.

Take His hand. Keep walking. You can ask the questions if you want to, but don’t be surprised if He doesn’t answer them all.

Find this podcast on Emily’s website, The podcast is called The Next Right Thing. Subscribe. It’s really good. That’s where I got the image above.

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6 thoughts on “Arrows Not Answers

  1. nice to meet you steph. i’m your next door neighbor at FMF. i’m a retired pastor’s wife. we lived in TX and FL for most of our ministry years but now live in AL near one of our daughters. i haven’t seen this post by emily freeman, but i am a hope writer, so get a lot of exposure to her writings. i was just over at her blog yesterday and subscribed. i enjoy her a lot. good words.

  2. I keep hearing and reading about this podcast (and Emily’s book) – I suppose it is time that I check it out!

  3. I like the image of looking for a plan, and finding His Hand.

    You inspired a poem; ‘Boromir’ is a character from ‘Lord Of The Rings’, who perishes when shot by archer.

    It’s not so long that I’ll be standing;
    like Boromir, I’m doomed to fall
    under the weight of arrows’ landing
    slicing through my body’s wall.
    The road that brought me to this place
    seemed to lead to something else.
    I thought I’d find a prosperous grace
    amidst some sunny upland dells.
    But God ordained the stroked delivered,
    and cancer’s points have broken me.
    A life once whole has now been slivered,
    a bough breaking from life’s tree.
    I let loose my vain small plans,
    my grip now filled by Mighty Hands.

    #1 at FMF this week.

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