One of the disciplines/habits that I have now in my life is to ask God for His strength and power in my life every morning and often during the day. Whenever I am feeling weary or down, I ask for strength. Isaiah 40:28-31 says, “Do you not know? Have you not heard, the Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired, His understanding is inscrutable, He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the Lord, will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”
On the other hand, I rest systematically and periodically as a key to renewal and recuperation of energy; mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical energy. God gives strength to the weary, but there is also a stewardship of my physical body required in order to achieve maximum accomplishment. I am working at learning how to rest, exercise, and eat wisely, to be a good steward of the gift God has given me to serve Him with.
There is a balance in “God’s part – my part” in living life that alludes many as we pursue this energy and strength part of living life. 2 Corinthians 6:1 says, “And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain.” Before a driving trip we pray and ask God to protect, guide, and provide for us on the trip, and then I get some new tires, change the oil, get a tune up, and fill the car up with gas. No one would see the second part of that “trip preparation” as lack of faith, just wisdom.
All that to say, I was so tired last night when I climbed into my sleeping bag at 8:30 pm I decided that I was going to make today a rest day from biking. So I am riding in the RV to the next camp sight at Dutch John’s Campground 40 miles away while the others ride their bicycles.