My little one is learning to play the violin. As part of her very intentional training, she practices holding her bow several times each day. Initially, her grip was wobbly, and her small muscles were hardly strong enough to keep the long bow upright for more than a few seconds. However, after weeks of practice, she is able to wield it with steady strength. It has been fun to see her little fingers gain confidence as she takes intentional time each day to set them in the right places and develop a firmer grip on “the stick.” Lately, I’ve been thinking about another type of bow referenced by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, a treasured church leader:
“Our children take their flight into the future with our thrust and with our aim. And even as we anxiously watch that arrow in flight and know all the evils that can deflect it’s course after it has left our hand, nevertheless we take courage in remembering that the most important factor in determining that arrow’s destination will be the stability, strength and unwavering certainty of the holder of the bow.”
As Jessica sits with me, dutifully practicing her bow holds in an effort to play the violin, I wonder if I am taking similar care in aiming her toward her future. I contemplate this, keeping in mind the sincere and hopeful love of Elder Holland, not to scare myself or induce guilt but to assess my honest effort at becoming a stronger holder of the bow.