I've suffered from asthma since I had my first asthma attack at the age of 9. I never will forget that moment when I could no longer maintain my own breathing. It felt like something was blocking the air from getting to my lungs. I was not playing in a sporting game but sitting still watching TV and began to gasp for air. Although this was my first time experiencing this; my family is all too familiar with asthma because it runs in our family. Therefore, my mom knew to immediately take me to the emergency room. I remember holding my head out side of the window which seemed to provide temporary relief. After seeing a doctor, it took no time for them to place me on an updraft machine and diagnose me with asthma. Have you ever been in a situation where you felt trapped, still holding your breath because you don’t know how you'll get to the next job, paycheck, relationship, or simply to the next best position in life? Have you ever felt like you just needed an updraft machine or inhaler to subside your heavy breathing?
The locution "breath of life" originates from a verse in Genesis describing the creation of man. "The Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature" (Genesis 2:7). We know from the passage that God created man (it was not accomplished by an evolutionary process) and that his soul—his consciousness, emotions, etc. are indeed part of the creation. How amazing is this? We actually have God’s Breath flowing through our lungs. Also take note that during Creation God simply stated “Let there be” and there was.. but in this particular situation He followed His command with a personal/intimate action. He didn’t breathe breath into the animals, but exhaled His power, His strength and all that was good in Us! After we understand the passage above, we should then apply it to every area of our life. Easier said than done right? Well, it starts with a major word called faith. Pastor Tony Evans expresses this in the most truthful way “faith is acting like it is so, even when it's not so, so that it might be so, just because God said so! Going back to my rescue inhaler, it can be described as a metal pump, surrounded by plastic. Once you press the tube- an almost clear, invisible substance flows out and somehow releases the tension between one’s lungs and allows one to breathe freely (something like faith).
A few things I noticed as I got older and became more accustom to the asthma episodes. #1. I noticed my wheezing would resurface when the weather changed- so I would go through more inhalers during the Fall and Spring. #2. To be frank, I noticed it even more when I was without a job and had to pay out of pocket for each inhaler. Aren’t you excited that whatever season we are in and regardless how much money we have; we don’t have to come out of pocket for God’s grace? That it is completely free and we don’t have to hyperventilate or pass out but simply trust and seek him entirely.
Think of it like this.. Hopefully you’ve seen the movie the Titanic. Remember when Jack sacrificed himself to drown after the tragic sinking of the ship because it wasn’t enough room for he and Rose to fit on the raft in the ocean. Well here’s the good news, God gave His only begotten son who died for our sins/doubts/fears etc. who He is big enough, strong enough, powerful enough to handle it, He has already overcome it all who believe on the cross! Let me encourage you today to grab on to the mighty hand of God, get to know Him a little deeper and inhale God’s breath …. R.U.N?