Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired as He was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour. (John 4:6)
Traveling is tiring. When Jesus was tired of traveling, He rested.
How dangerous it is for us to travel when we are tired. Fatigue can impede judgment. Our reflexes become dull and slow. The person driving a car under such conditions is not only endangering his own life, but the lives of those riding with him as well. More, he is endangering the lives of all others traveling the same road.
God made our bodies with all kinds of little safety valves. One of the valves is getting tired. When we have used up all our energies, we cry out, "Lord, I am tired." Then it is good to follow the example of our Lord and rest. This gives the body time to rebuild. We can travel on without being a hazard to ourselves or others.
Part of a pleasant vacation is to arrive at our destination safely. God helps us to travel in safety. One of the warning signs is when we get tired. We praise the Lord for having so wonderfully made us. And the next time we have traveled so far and think "Lord, I am tired," let us follow Jesus' example and sit down for refreshment and rest.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You for the traveling guide -- tiredness. Give me strength of faith to follow the guide You have given me for traveling. In Jesus' name. Amen.
(Taken from "Lord, Vacation Time is Here" (out of print), copyright 1977, International Lutheran Laymen's League.)
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