The Arrow that Flies by Day.

Written by Staci Sylvester

I have yet another confession to make. I am not a fan of memorizing the Bible. Not because I don’t think it is an important weapon in our arsenal as believers, but I’m not good at it. I have friends that can just rip through ‘em, verse by verse, and I’m amazed. And while Bible memorization hasn’t been at the top of my list, it’s something I want to get better at. One morning in devotions my boss (who is, by the way, one of those who blows me away with his Bible memory) shared some audio of Psalm 91 by Heather Hair. The way she spoke the verse with music in the background spoke completely to my heart, and I’ve listened to it countless times since. There is so much security in this verse, and it’s a reminder of the promise of God's protection and covering.

During one of these countless times listening I heard a reference to “the arrow that flies by day”. I got a visual of arrows whizzing by me throughout the day, and I thought about all the arrows I’ve let hit me unnecessarily, some I’ve even walked right into knowing better. Arrows of doubt, offense, sadness, and other joy-stealers aimed at me by the enemy of my soul. I know better, I’m told better, why would I allow it? And here’s the thing about these arrows. Once I let one hit here comes all of them, all at once it seems. Before I know it, there I am, looking like an arrow-filled, defeated dummy.

Here’s another thing about the arrows: God never promises the arrows won’t come but He does say we don’t need to be afraid of them. Because I’m devoted to the Lord He sends angels to protect me ( v.11). I picture the hellish ugly demons aiming the arrows on one side of me and God’s beautiful angels just walking with me in His light, unbothered and unafraid. My prayer and goal is to remember this visual and store these promises in my heart as I go about my day.

I love that the Lord takes my perceived weakness (memorizing the Word) and gives me the gift of a visual supernatural weapon. I love this gift so much I’m working on memorizing all (yikes!) of Psalm 91. I’m sure there are more gifts to uncover!


Amy - April 13th, 2022 at 3:34pm

Oh how many times have I let those joy stealing arrows pierce me! Such a great read and visual! Thank you, Staci!

Tami - April 13th, 2022 at 3:58pm

Thank you Staci for your transparency and the visual I got reading this. I really needed this encouragement in my life!!!

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