When I was in college, the art building was just as active at night as it was during the day. I'm not sure what it is exactly about us artistic type? We seem to thrive creatively when we are exhausted. Maybe the night offers the silence we need to create? Maybe it is in the night we finally find our voice while all the other voices are at rest? Or maybe it is when we are at our most tired, our minds can let down their guards enough to create freely. I remember one finals week where I went almost three days without sleep. A mixture of procrastination, 18 credit hours, and working 20+ hrs a week probably had something to do with it. I'm not trying to romanticize it. Trust me, it wasn't pretty! Maybe that is why artists are often thought of as moody or brooding...THEY ARE EXHAUSTED! Such creativity seems to come at a cost at times. Such a pace can not be sustained.
He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Isaiah 40:28-29
Though I do not keep the same schedule I did while in college, As a husband, dad, teacher, blogger and artist.....I'm tired A LOT! I stay up too late. I over commit. There just aren't enough hours in my day. In the midst of all these other "responsibilities" (really they are joys/blessings/privileges)...I'm also a child of God. I have been given these many blessings in my life so I could grow in my knowledge of God & make Him known. In my "wisdom" (or lack there of)....I can not seem to make it all work. BUT GOD CAN! He meets me in my TIRED & He challenges me in my EXHAUSTED. He reminds me... I AM ENOUGH! I AM YOUR STRENGTH. YOU CANNOT DO THIS ON YOUR OWN......BUT I CAN! Isaiah reminds Israel that though they may be tired & weak...God never will. This truth brings such peace. This truth brings rest for a tired & weary soul.
How are you feeling today? Are you tired? Feeling faint? Has life seemed to rob you of the rest you so desperately need? Look where you've placed your faith. Is it where it needs to be?