Struggling To Breathe

Posted on August 21, 2007. Filed under: devotions, faith | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

daisy.jpgFor the last 3 years I have been having difficulty breathing. I suffer from asthma attacks at least once a year. So of course what have been running through my mind are breath, breathing, and the ability to breathe.
Not only a person suffering from asthma has a hard time catching their breath, there are other things that make it hard to breathe from time to time. I’m sure you can all relate. Maybe some one you are in conflict with walks through the door and it causes you to catch your breath. Or a sense of foreboding comes over you as you anticipate something awful or unpleasant happening, and there is tightness in your breathing and in your voice. Or you fear the unknown, you fear the worst, and suddenly breathing becomes a bit more difficult. Or you feel guilty, you have regret, and it weighs heavily on your chest. Or we feel overwhelmed by everything that is going on in our lives and we have a mild case of hyperventilation.
 

All of our stress and anxiety and fear seem to locate particularly in our chest, and we say, “I can’t quite catch my breath.” On the other hand, when we feel a sense of well being and wholeness, we say, “We breathe more easily and deeply.” There’s both a physical and spiritual dimension to breath and our breathing.
 

It’s important for us to realize that when the scripture speaks of the Spirit, and especially as we ponder the coming of the Spirit of God to people, we’re talking about the breath of God. The Ruach of Yahweh. which is both Spirit and Breath.
 

Genesis 2 declares that all creatures have life from God. To be alive is to have a relationship with God. To be able to breathe is to be sharing the very breath of God. All living beings share, in some sense, in God’s Spirit. Yahweh has come to give us Chayah which is life and means to live, let live, restore, revive, make alive, renew, God saves.
 

I watch my grand baby and see how deeply she breathes from the diaphragm when she sleeps. She is taking in such deep breaths and expelling with the same energy.Have you ever noticed how freely little kids breathe and laugh and live? But as we grow older life happens to us, and over time our ability to breathe get shallower. Fears, anxieties, guilt, regrets and disappointments settle on our chest and weigh us down.Our ability to live the Abundant Life is compromised because of shallow breathing.
 

What is it that is causing tightness in your chest these days? What is it that is causing you to breathe a little more shallowly? What is it that weighs so heavily on your chest that is stopping you from living life to the fullest?
 

Can you let it go for a minute and breathe, breathe in the RUACH(Breath/Spirit)of God.

Yahweh is as close to you as your next breath. And just as we share the air he provides daily, so we share the Spirit of God. He is ever as close as our next breath.
 

Are we so caught up in our day to day struggles that we forget, to breathe, to receive the breath of God, the Spirit of God?
 

Have you ever seen a little child get lost from their parents? They can’t catch their breath to tell you the names of their parents because they are struggling to catch their breath. Their little chest is heaving up and down and they are hiccuping not able to articulate helpful information. You have to first calm the Child’s fears by telling them they are not alone and together you will find their parents. Once the child is calm they are able to share the information you need to help them.
That is the same thing the Father wants to do for us. He has sent His Breath to calm us and to point the way to Him and to say all is not lost. “I will never leave or forsake you for Lo I am always with you always, even to the ends of the earth.”
Cast aside all of your fears, your anxiety, your hurts, your disappointments, your guilt, your mistake, your sins, your feelings of inadequacy and your need to succeed. Lay them at the Masters feet, and leave them there“Now Breathe in The Ruach of Yahweh”

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