Outreach Mount Zion

Mount Zion Church Cliviger

This church seeks to enable equip and encourage people to come to faith in Jesus and develop their gifts in His service.

On target with God

Just after Easter quite a few members of our fellowship spent a few days together in the Lake District on holiday. It was a time when we could get to know each other a little better, enjoy the wonderful scenery, and - just as important - have a lot of fun.

One day many of us tried archery. In olden days the English bowmen were the world’s best, with youngsters having to start at a very early age to build up the muscles and skill needed to shoot up to 30 arrows a minute and for up to 250 yards. We, of course, were not that good – in terms of accuracy or distance. In fact often an arrow skimmed over or even below the target to end in rough land. But it was great fun. Balloons were tied to the target and we shot to burst them. There were variations on the scoring system so that our target time would be more fun.

All in all it was a great time – one of the enjoyable mornings for those of us who took part. And the shooting reminded me in part of life’s great challenges.

We often miss the targets we have set for ourselves, sometimes by a long way. On other occasions we rejoice in having done something we know is right, and done it well.

On our morning of archery, we had a tutor whose role was to ensure we did no damage, were not putting others at risk, and tried to learn by our experience.

That is the role God is willing to play in your life. By putting your trust in him you will find he will enable you to help others, rather be a threat to them; to guide you in the best approach to life, and ensure that, in triumph or, what appears to be disaster, you appreciate the lessons learnt, and sense the appreciation of God himself.

David Hall