"Give yourself no sleep
and your eyelids no slumber;
save yourself like a gazelle from the hunter,
like a bird from the hand of the fowler.
Go to the ant, O sluggard;
consider her ways and be wise." Proverbs 4-6
The world gives me inertia. It makes me sleepy, tired and sluggish. I am not always fresh and alert in my faith as I would like. There are times to be still and do nothing, allowing God to do it all, and there are times to be active.
A gazelle needs to switch on to survival mode if hunted. Imagine you are the gazelle. You need to be highly aware, listening most intently for any sounds that might endanger you, looking everywhere around you all the time for threats, smelling the air for humans. Maybe feeling the ground for vibrations from a hunter. You need to be really alive to survive and not get caught. You might need to run fast and you will need to outwit the hunter. Your tactics should be planned in advance. To have peaceful grazing you may have to pasture somewhere the hunter does not know.
If you are a bird to avoid capture you need to be like the gazelle. You need to be shrewd and fly to another location out of the reach of fowlers. If you are caught there is a way to survive. Peck the fowler if you are in his hand, flap your wings, make as much noise as you can.Do it all together. Make sure you let the fowler know you mean business and he'd better let you go or he will be cut, and hurt and maybe have bones broken if he doesn't. If you don't fight for your life you will lose it. He may have to feel his life is threatened. Then he will let you go. You may have to be assertive, aggressive or violent in your faith. It beats being intimidated into passivity which is what Satan wants. Or pummelled into submission where you hardly have any fight left in you.
The ant is industrious. It moves about quickly, is resourceful, and active. It finds what it's looking for and takes it where it wants, maybe back to the anthill. When you see hundreds of ants going back and forth to and from the anthill, it is a busy sight. There is so much motion. Being industrious is sometimes necessary and can be a lot of fun and satisfying. It can make you happy.
At times I feel I have to be active, and really come alive in my faith. Think up ways and be active. Even through sports or walking your body is active and if your body is moving then your mind is too. So body and mind are exercised together. Be active in faith, mind and body.