Just Breathe

Just breathe, friend. 

The very air in your lungs is God’s grace; it is both generative and re-generative. It gives hope and life. It fills our lungs with His presence. Even when it hurts; no, ESPECIALLY when it hurts, breathe. Breathe in the presence of Holy Spirit. Fill your lungs to capacity and breathe.

Throughout Scripture, God shows us that His breath gives life and restores life. By uttering a word and by just a breath the Heavens and the angels were made. (Psalm 33:6) Job speaks of God’s breath twice and its power to provide clarity, wisdom, and life-giving hope. (Job 32:8 & Job 33:4) And in Ezekial, when the Hebrew prophet looked around and saw nothing but dust and dry bones. The Lord spoke to him and said for him to tell the bones to rise up. The earth quaked, the ground shook; and, sure enough bone came to bone, muscles and sinew connected, flesh formed over skeletons. (Ezekial 37) The figures stood there in the valley like zombies, hollow beings with no purpose or life. Through Ezekial’s obedience and prophesy they were formed to God’s will, yet they were lifeless.

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army. ~ Ezekial 37:9 & 10 ESV

It wasn’t until God breathed that the dead could live. It’s indicative to how we live our lives. Dead and hollow, we search for meaning in self-help books, in church services, in the gym, in our jobs, and in our homes, but without a relationship with Jesus, we will remain empty. We are wired to want something more, to desire it; but, until we allow Holy Spirit, the active and living breath of God, to move freely in our lives, guiding and purposing our path, we will not be free. When we are free, our breath, His breathe, moves easily and freely. It’s not something we do; it’s the way we live.

Just breathe.

Pray with me

Father, with every breath, fill us with Your Presence. Expand our lungs with Who You are. Show us even in our audible gasps and doubts how You work. Reveal to us Your grace, Your mercy, Your beauty even in the middle of frustration and chaos. Expand our capacity to breathe You in. Expand our capacity to experience more of You. We love You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

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Dawn Sutherland

misfit-writer-speaker & social-justice-wannabe. I wander, but I'm not lost. I love Jesus not religion. My heart's cry is for every person to feel an empowered sense that they belong, and that we get to face the world wild and equipped with the love and hope of Jesus. I live in Suffolk, Virginia with my amazing husband, Louis and have four awesome kids: Katie, Ronnie, Selah, and Sami. I am also a passionate fitness instructor at the Suffolk YMCA. Subscribe to the blog, and stay tuned in for the book YOU BELONG to be published soon, which will talk about our desire as women to "fit in" and how we can harness that to change the world!