"The God who made the world and
There are many of us here that have both given birth, and/or have witnessed the birth of our grandchildren. Don't we just know the thrill of it, and how bated is our own breath until that baby takes it's first breath; the breath of life? We are not content until we hear the robust cries of lungs fully engaged.
Could there be an even more important reason
why God created our bodies so that we must breathe? Breath is used in the Bible as a powerful symbol of the life-giving presence of God.
Like God Himself, the air we breathe is invisible, odourless and tasteless—it cannot be perceived at all unless it moves. It is usually peaceful and still, but it is a reservoir of enormous power. The air is a massive ocean—invisible, yet completely necessary for our life, for we are quickly dead without it. It seems reasonable to suggest that
one reason God created the air—and respiration—was to show us graphically how great and immediate is our need for Him.
Breath. I wonder ...
- How often do I take it for granted?
- How ignorant am I of the nearness of God in it?
- How few times do I thank God for it?
- How little do I consider the power & symbolism of it?
In keeping with my high-centeredness, I did a scripture search on the word breath. I could fill page-after-page with related verses, but suffice it to say: it is no small matter, and certainly no once-and-done event. Breathing is woven in-and-out of scripture; and in-and-out of life - literally! It is a subject God certainly meant for me to "get".
As I began to feel that familiar motionlessness brought on by high-centeredness, I stopped to see what caused it in the first place. It was this: In Genesis we hear tell of Elohim's (God's royal title) creative exploits. But when it comes to mankind, it is YHWH - the Lord God (His personal name; the one He gives to Himself) - that does the forming, life-giving work.
With His breath, Elohim spoke life into the universe; placing there - in the atmosphere of earth - the very air I would need to breath the day YHWH placed His breath of life within me.
It doesn't get more personal, or intimate than that.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.