a wooden wagon wheel

In the face of the strain of tasks beyond our strength, we must turn inwards to the source of strength. If we measure our human strength against the work we see immediately ahead, we shall feel hopeless, and if we tackle it in that strength we shall be frustrated…and fall either into torpor or exasperation. There is no healthier lesson we can learn than our own limitations, provided this is accompanied by the resignation of our own strength, and reliance on the strength of God. The wheel of community will fly apart unless it is spoked to the center, and we are placing ourselves in danger whenever we fail to recognize this, whenever we go rushing onward without taking time to turn inward.

Source: Water at the Roots