In racing a boat, each rower sits on a sliding seat.They roll forward on their seat to put
the oars in the water, then push back with their legs to pull the oar through
the water, finishing the stroke.The
rolling up portion, when the oar is out of the water, is called the recovery.The pushing portion, when the oar is in
the water and you’re moving the boat forward, is called the drive.The drive is where you push with all
your strength, and then you’re supposed to relax on the recovery.
I’ve felt like I’ve been struggling with this ratio.I tend to want to give a moderate
effort during the whole piece, instead of a hard effort during the drive and
relaxing during the recovery.I’m
not sure why, but that doesn’t really matter.What matters is that I do it correctly: hard on the drive,
relax on recovery.
The same goes for life. We have ratios.
There is an appropriate time to rest and recover (e.g.
Sundays, bedtime, etc.) and there is an appropriate time to push at full pressure
(e.g. work, exercise, school, service).Give your all during the drive so that you can fully rest during the
recovery.Really rest during the
recovery so that you can give your all during the drive.We are not meant to row through life at
a moderate, unchanging intensity.
I painted this ceiling tile at the end of my senior year in high school, to be put in the AP Art room.
The idea was to illustrate myself rejoicing in the bright future and potential in store for my life.
Now, 4 years later, I revisited the classroom where my precious ceiling tile is displayed. Here I am, with a bachelors degree, now pursuing a PhD. I'm living the dream!
I'm starting to see that bright, beautiful future unfold before me, behind me, and all around me. I know that I am in the path God would have me follow. Oh, what joy, courage, and peace that brings to my heart! I am so grateful to God for making possible all my deepest desires and hopes. He loves each and every one of us, His children, more than we can possibly understand... yet. ;-)
How have you seen God guiding you in your life?
What hopes, dreams, and desires has He enabled you to pursue?
I promise you that He is well aware. If you don't see His hand in your hopes and dreams... Well, maybe it's time to reassess what those hopes and dreams are.