Learning to Breathe

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I'm not sure we ever really have to learn how to breathe. 
When we come into this world, our first cry allows oxygen to fill our lungs and from this moment on we are breathing, without ever really thinking about it.

I've been thinking about what it means to really breathe.
In life.
In the chaos, business, uncertainty, and all the different things life throws at us.

Take a deep breath.
Just for a few minutes.
Stop everything else you're doing.
Allow yourself to realize the power of quieting yourself

In the past week, my schedule has been non-stop.
I feel tired more than I'm not and there is always something to be doing.
It can be exhausting, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't feel overwhelmed with work, school, tests and papers coming up, all before a trip out of town in a week.

A few days ago I was spending some quiet time. 
I realized how long it had been since I took a few minute to be still, quiet, un rushed, and to just breathe.

How refreshing.

I began to think about how this correlates with what the Lord has been doing in my life.
I don't think it was a coincidence at all, as my mind went back to a place of fear and remembering all that I had been worried about, and I was reminded of God's faithfulness.
I've been reliving those moments in my mind a lot lately.
It's strength to keep walking.
It brings life to some of the most difficult moments in my life.

But maybe sometimes we have to teach ourselves to breathe.
To take in the goodness of each day that God has given us.
To breathe, trusting with each new day that God is already there and a part of it.
To not miss the moment in front of us because we are wishing to relive the past, or anxious for what's ahead of us tomorrow. 
To experience the life, fulness, and grace we have been given each day that we are alive.

I never realized how much I take breathing for granted.
I never think about it.
But this week when I began to think about the power in taking a deep breath,
I experienced God's presence in my life in a different way.

In the midst of the business you find yourself in, whether you are living on top of the mountain, or find yourself deep in a valley wondering when the storm will be over, take a deep breath.

Breathe in God's goodness and grace, experience the life He has given you
and rest assured that with each breath you take, He is right there and wants to fill you with His presence, love, and strength.

"I'm bringing the breath of life to you, and you'll come to life."
Ezekiel 37:5 (the msg)

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