Bows and arrows have been around for a long time. Once a weapon of choice, they are among the oldest tools on earth.
From the bow we learn a basic life lesson: “if you never unwind, you may lose your purpose.”
The purpose of the bow is to propel the arrow. In order to do that, there must be some resilient strength in the bow. To understand resilience, lets see consider how a bow was made.
It used to be simple. Not so now. Modern times have created many composite materials that have completely changed archery. As a child I made bows. I would find a tree branch, thin enough to bend and thick enough to have some bounce. That was it. I’d bend the bow and place one end on the ground, while pushing down on the other. I’d tie the bow into position with a string, get something to shoot, draw the string back, hook the arrow to it, let it go and watch it fly.
Then I’d stand and hope I could hit something!
That’s about how the longbow worked, except that the ancients had learned that some trees were better than others for bows, and their arrows were works of art.
A simple lesson I learned as a boy Robin Hood wannabe: every night you have to unstring the bow- let the tension off the bow, let the long arms of the bow de-stress and straighten out.
Otherwise overnight the resilience may be lost and the bow becomes useless. The harder woods retain their resilience longer but the end result of continual stress is a useless bow.
The bow needs a rest to be at it’s best.
We’re the same. If we never rest, we don’t get more done, we simply lose our edge, resilience and purpose.
You were made to work and rest. The cycle of life requires rest. It was thought with the coming of computers and electronics, we’d work less, use less paper, spend less time doing the same work.
Aha! We learned we can do twice as much now with a machine. We can stay in touch to the point that an hour of silence nearly drives some to near panic attack. Cell phone and internet addiction do exist.
So do you rest, and when do you rest?
Rest means sleep, days off and time away from pressure. Sleep means proper sleep. Most people need 7-9 hours a night. Too little compounds your stress. I’ve realized I can handle almost unlimited pressure in a day if I sleep well at night.
A day off means no work- not a second job but a day of rest where the mind unwinds and you let it all go.
Don’t forget times of vacation, several days at a time. The Creation record has work and rest built into it. God, the world, the land and the human all need to rest.
Unstring your bow. Take time to do nothing. Rest your body and your mind.
A change is NOT as good as a rest!