Missing the Mark

The small boy slowly pulled the arrow back while safely encircled within his father’s strong arms. Awkwardly, shaky…true, but all I could see was the father’s radiant smile. This wise man knew no arrow would come close to hitting the mark without his strength, his steadiness, his careful aim.

“There you go. That’s the way.” He spoke with gentle encouragement. The target was not a consideration that day.

Just the slow drawing back of the arrow until the bowstring grew taunt, seeming on the verge of snapping. “Do you feel the tug? Now don’t let go yet. Steady!”

Delighted, it mattered not to the child whether he drew back the arrow alone.

I watched and wished I could be like that child…trusting…trying…believing. Instead, I fret over missing the mark.


About JoDee Luna

“I’m lost in a love affair with portrait painting!” JoDee Luna confesses. This author, artist, and educator describes herself as a creative eclectic due to her diverse history, multiple talents, and various career pursuits. She enjoys a host of creative expressions: mixed media, mask making, floral designing, photography, sculpture, and gardening. JoDee believes the creative process infuses her with the courage to try on new artistic identities, take inspired risks, and explore imaginative ideas. She seeks to share her insights with others through her book, Refrain from the Identical: Insight and Inspiration for Creative Eclectics and website by the same name, http://refrainfromtheidentical.com. Both provide helpful tips and inspiration for artistic multi-taskers, those who enjoy various forms of artistic expression.
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8 Responses to Missing the Mark

  1. Herding Cats says:

    Nicely written.

  2. Slamdunk says:

    Good message JoDee. I could you use faith like that more often as well.

    • JoDee Luna says:

      Thanks for the encouragement. I am such a “type A” personality and hopeless perfectionist. I regularly need reminding that the life of faith just might look a little different from my Heavenly Father’s perspective.

  3. Pauline says:

    I love archery! It’s a great workout for your arms and practice for hand eye coordination. 🙂

  4. gerknoop says:

    I need to remember this. It is not about hitting the mark all the time. Good job JoD

  5. Dianne says:

    So sweet. So wise. So true. Thanks for sharing.

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