By Amber Schamel
Robin Hood took off his hat and wiped the sweat from his brow. He should've picked a lighter disguise! He had come to this archery competition undercover. The sheriff, his worst enemy, had forced him to do so. Even now he could hear him conversing with his friends.
“We scarcely would've seen better competition if Robin Hood was here!"said one of his companions.
"Hmm, I thought he would be here, but even with his bravery, he didn't dare." The sheriff boasted.
Robin could hardly contain his laughter." You'll soon see, Sheriff, that Robin Hood is here." He laughed to himself.
The match had come down to William of York and himself. "Give up! Red Jacket!" William's friends shouted! "You can't beat our William!"
Robin glanced down at his red jacket. "It is rather ugly."He thought, "I'll have to buy a new one. No matter, their teasing will soon come to an end."
Fresh targets were set up, much farther away than they had been before. William of York shot first. His first arrow hit dead center of the bulls-eye. William smirked then drew another arrow from his quiver. His shot was not far from heart of the target. He turned to "Red Jacket" expectantly. Robin was not impressed. Robin Hood stepped up to the marker. He eyed his target. Then he shot so quickly that the second arrow was in the air before the first hit the target. Both arrows hit dead center of the bulls-eye one on top of the other.
For a moment the throng was silent. Then the crowd roared! He had won the prize! Yet no one knew, that this hero was Robin Hood!
As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man, so are children of the youth. ~Psalm 127:4
Let's take a close look at this scripture. There are several aspects to this verse.
1) Children are a blessing. In today's culture, Children are looked on as a curse, or a burden. But, this is not how God meant it to be! When God wanted to bless Abraham, his faithful servant, He promised him: Children! This verse shows us that children are one of the greatest miracles He can give! Where would Robin Hood have been if his quiver were empty?
2) God wants us to study. Arrows can be very deadly, But only if we know how and when to use them. “Mighty Men"must know how to hit their mark. This will take instruction and practice. God wants us to learn the best way to raise our "Arrows"
3) We have a responsibility. God wants us to know that along with the blessing comes a great responsibility. We will be held accountable not only for our own actions, but for the actions of our children. Eli was cursed for failing to properly raise his sons, even though he was in the service of the Lord. Our mistakes will affect our children possibly even more than it does us. And finally God wants us to use our arrows.
As in the parable of the talents, God does not want us to keep our children locked up in the house for safekeeping. Although we do need to protect our children, we should be using them to touch the lives of others. My brothers helped one of our neighbors move. THUNK! Bullseye!
I had the opportunity to stay the night with my Great Grandmother after she had an operation on her eye. THUNK! My Father's arrow hit its mark. That's the way it is supposed to work. God designed it this way so that, the mighty man and the arrows working together, can win the prize for Christ. Who could ask for a higher calling?