The unexpected happened. We hit a wall. Fatigue sets in and we have to choose the next step. We can choose to push through the fatigue and keep on going, only to fall flat on our face when we finally collapse. Fatigue. When it hits, it hits hard.
We can get to the place of fatigue in many different ways. Sleep, or rather the lack of good deep sleep, can be one of the big factors. Nutrition and hydration are others. Pushing ourselves harder than we ought to is another. I'm sure that there are many more than I could possibly list here. Whatever the cause, we are cautioned against allowing ourselves to get fatigued in this verse.
Galatians 6:9a MSG
"So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good."
Rest is essential to our thinking minds. When we are overextended, we tend to make poor choices that can leave us wondering what happened. Our bodies are very technically attuned to our mindset. We can push it and it will keep going for as long as possible. Rest helps us restore our bodies and our minds.
Galatians 6:9b MSG
"At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit."
Resting to be restored is not quitting. Quitting and resting are too separate things that we sometimes tend to confuse, especially in an overtired mind. Pushing against a wall doesn't work. Rest is essential for our bodies and our minds to be in good working order. Stepping back and reassessing the possibilities can reveal options that we haven't seen or recognized as possibilities. Rest reveals the best of ourselves, so that we can be our best selves while doing good. Rest. It might be a four letter word, but not the bad kind.