Breathing in

I was diagnosed with asthma this week. As much as it disappoints me, it also explains why I am winded so easily. I thought it was my age, but it’s actually my lungs. The pulmonary doctor showed me how the tiny, bronchiole parts of my lungs which carry oxygen to the farthest parts of my lungs weren’t doing their job, like a half-inflated balloon trying to rise to the ceiling.

It made me think of those in our world who have yet to hear or understand the amazing love and grace offered by God to everyone. It could be a people group deep in the Amazon or the neighbor across the street. We are to carry the life-giving message to them. But how can we carry what we do not have it ourselves? We may be telling others we are believers, but if we aren’t drawing in the life-giving air from Heaven, how would they know?

Dear Ones, when we breathe in the Holy Spirit, the very essence of God, we are inviting Him into the places in our heart, our day, our lives, where we need Him most. We are asking Him to take our struggles and calm them, our worries and comfort them. Therefore, when we breathe out, we will be living examples of the goodness of God. His faithfulness and mercies.

Paul explained this in Ephesians 1:11-14, We have also received an inheritance in Him, predestined according to the purpose of the One who works out everything in agreement with the decision of His will, so that we who had already put our hope in the Messiah might bring praise to His glory.When you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and when you believed in Him, you were also sealed with the promised Holy Spirit. He is the down payment of our inheritance, for the redemption of the possession, to the praise of His glory (bold mine).

The idea of breathing in and breathing out is integral to our faith. God breathed life into Adam (Genesis 2:7) and Jesus breathed His last on the Cross (Mark 15:37). These two events culminate the bedrock of what we believe. With God we have life, without Jesus there is no life. We breathe in what God offers us and we breathe out what Jesus did for us.

Matt Redman’s song, Your Grace Finds Me, is a beautiful description of this give and take we have as believers. May you be encouraged by his words today.

There in the darkest night of the soul
There in the sweetest songs of victory
Your grace finds me
Yes your grace finds me

Your great grace
Oh such grace
Your great grace
Oh such grace

So I’m breathing in Your grace
And breathing out Your praise
I’m breathing in Your grace
Forever I’ll be

About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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