As the sparrow on the wind or the piercing arrow shot forth

A sparrow is one of the most commonly known birds.  They are social but also very wary of other family groups or flocks.  Although not considered strong and powerful in comparison to the mighty eagle, they still fly just as gracefully and true for one so small.

At times we may feel small and alone in this vast, complicated world, looking out into a place we wish to not have to venture through.

The Psalmist wrote:

“I watch, and am as a sparrow alone on the housetop.”  (Psalms 102: 7)

But any bird cannot fly without first taking a leap.  The farther the distance flown is determined by how high up we climb at the start, even if the windy storms rage and beat against us.  Even lost amidst a forest of challenges we don’t know how we’re going to pass over, the Lord is still with us.  He gave us those wings to fly in the first place.

The Savior said:

“But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  Fear not therefore:  ye are of more value than any sparrows.”  (Luke 12: 7)

Our Heavenly Father would not have sent us here to learn how to fly without him; he loves us as a mother doth love her newborn babe.  We have an infinite value that can never be changed.  We are all like little sparrows as we first learn to fly.  Some of us never learn to soar higher and farther than what is necessary because of the choices we make.

An arrow is a simple projectile launched from a bow, has been around for centuries and is considered for the use of acquiring a target.  But it is useless without the bow that will launch it to it’s destination.  What makes a good arrow?  What makes a strong bow?

The Prophet Joseph Smith declared:

“With all hell knocking off a corner here and a corner there, … thus I will become a smooth and polished shaft in the quiver of the Almighty.”

The Almighty holds the bow and will most certainly fire us in the right direction against the adversary.  He is the strongest launch we could receive.  But, again, we cannot fly without his help and we cannot soar unless we are not willing to fly.

In every aspect of our lives there is room for growth and development, room for inspiration.  Before we can come out of the refiner’s fire, the Lord must be able to see his reflection in us.  That’s what I strive to do and want to help you to do everyday:  keep going through the fire because we’ll burn if we stay there, and come out on the other side a purified specimen of God’s creations.

Try to find something everyday that will help you to fly strait and true, using your own experiences as the perfect journey, keeping in mind what our Lord and Savior has in store for us.


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