An angel said to Joseph, “Get up … take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you” (Matt 2:13). In faith, without complaint, or question Joseph, “Got up,” and took his family to Egypt. Like Abraham, Joseph, “Went out, not knowing where he was going” (Heb 11:8). Have you ever been told by God to “Get up?” What was your response?
There is an allegory of being in God’s hands is like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. Like the archer, God is aiming at something the saint cannot see, but God continues to pull back on the bow, stretching and straining more and more. Straining more and more the follower of Christ says, “I can’t take any more.” Yet God pays no attention; he goes on stretching until His purpose is in sight, and then He lets the arrow fly hitting the target unseen by the Christian.
What is the allegory’s lesson? The Christian is to trust themselves into God’s hands, though being stretched and strained to point of breaking; even to the point of being like Job who said, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust him” (Job 3:10).