Once the great Anthony of the Desert was relaxing with his followers outside his hut when a hunter came by. The hunter was surprised to see Anthony relaxing, and rebuffed him for taking it easy. It was not his idea of what a monk dedicated to serving God should be doing.
Anthony replied, “Bend your bow and shoot an arrow.” And the hunter did so. “Bend it again and shoot another arrow,” said Anthony. The hunter did so, again and again.
The hunter finally said, “Anthony, if I keep my bow always stretched, it will break.”
So it is with the us,” replied Anthony. “if we push ourselves beyond measure, we will break. It is right from time to time to relax our efforts.”
Lk 8:14 “And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. ”
There are times to rest. Even the Lord rested one day…surely we can take example and do the same. Careful not to fall into work worship. Deadlines are not blessings…and impatience gains no headway. Take a day to relax and reflect on the blessings of God, and meditate on Him and His Word before like this mans’ bow, break.
*Take a time out to recharge the batteries, eh?? 🙂
“Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.”
“For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yea, his heart taketh not rest in the night. This is also vanity.”