Watch for the Yellow Arrow

It’s been more than six months since I walked the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain. The path, even with the help of guidebooks that tell you what to expect is unpredictable .The distance is longer, the hills are steeper and the terrain is an invitation to stumble.

Everything in you wants to ask, “Are we almost there?” but you don’t ask because you are afraid of the answer. If it weren’t for the yellow arrow, I don’t know if I would have mustered the courage to endure.

Everyone knows the yellow arrow marks the path, assuring you that you are not lost and your destination lies ahead.

Sometime the yellow arrow is obvious.

Other times, the distance between the arrows is concerning.


But finally one appears. (You need to look closely.)


It hardly needs to be stated; the similarity of this metaphor to life.

I only want to encourage you to watch for the yellow arrow.

It may come through a friend, a dream, a scripture, an experience, hearing someone else’s story.

But the arrow will be there.

“Thus says the Lord, “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, “Where is the good way?” and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” Jeremiah 6:16”

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5 Responses to Watch for the Yellow Arrow

  1. directorb says:

    Great post, what an awesome metaphor with the arrow. Thanks for sharing.

  2. rstaples2013 says:

    Thanks for your encouragement. Some events in life speak long after the initial experience. It’s bonding to recognize that we are all on a journey

  3. jody kanters says:

    My yellow arrow today went like this. I was pondering Luke 2 where the angel and the heavenly host couldn’t keep quiet in the light of what God was doing in sending His Son. “Glory to God in the Highest!” Not just another “Praise the Lord”, but a jubilant exclamation about His greatest accomplishment EVER. The decision of the trinity (made before the foundations of the world), to enter our world by sending Christ SO communicates the heart of the Father that it required heralds to proclaim it’s BIGNESS!

    But the “Peace on Earth” part has always bothered me. Really? I’m not seeing the working out of that at all; I see peace NOWHERE, from here to there. But the peace He’s speaking of is the peace between me and my Lord. Sin is dealt with. Period. I don’t need to work to receive it, I don’t have to become righteous on my own, I don’t have to strive to attain it. Truth is, none of those things work anyhow. I need to learn to be a receiver. And the more I learn of Him; His kindness, His delight in me, His joy in seeing me free, the more willing I am to receive all that He has for me.

    Glory to God in the Highest!!! What a marvelous thing He has done, and continues to do in us!

  4. Oh Roselyn! I love this post and I so want to walk the Camino de Santiago one day, before I’m too old to walk that far! I’ve read about it and watched a movie about it, and now I’ve read your post about the yellow markers. It’s all so good, but it’s not enough. I want my own story. I want to walk the entire path and then I want to be in the church at the end with the largest incense burner filling the room with fragrance, thinking about the saints in Revelation gathered around the throne as their prayers rise to God. I hope I get to do this one day.

  5. rstaples2013 says:

    Set your plans in motion. You will love it.

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