Saturday, February 18, 2012

Building Strength for the Day

“The LORD gives power to the faint,

and strengthens the powerless.”

~Isaiah 40:29 (NRSV).

Staying power — both for the shorter term and longer — is a wisdom augury hard to underestimate. It explains the need we all have for vacation. If we loved everything we did vocationally, perhaps we’d not have any problem providing for our own revival. Yet, that still wears thin after a time.

Building and re-building strength has to be the key task of life; the reclamation of it. Life’s otherwise debilitating.

The secret seems to be rooted in planning via wisdom, and resting interminably in the Lord’s strength.

Can clearing the high bar — the one we find so difficult at present — be any better negotiated than via resting in God now, and planning via wisdom as the heat of day finally dies?

Besides our fatigue, saving some energy to build our strength — blessed of God — is wisdom. It’s not selfishness. Basic energies and sanity-for-the-day need must be prioritised.

Building strength for the day is about moving from rest. So, to rest we need to come; to find space for it — to gather our thoughts before our next foray into the wobbly unknown.

© 2012 S. J. Wickham.

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