Having a few physical complications from time to time give cause for me to take painkillers for relief. Often, I ignore my condition as long as I can, and carry on. Other times, my pain is brought to my attention by the way I am breathing…short, shallow and often. Paying attention to the way I breathe is a clue to me about how my body is processing pain.
I have to admit that I love the feeling of the release from pain that is accompanied by a couple of “Aleve” tablets. This is characterized by my lungs taking in a deep breath of air and exhaling slowly. Sometimes, the big exhale is what alerts me to the fact that my body is relaxing and no longer talking about pain.
One of my favorite songs by Jonathan Stockstill, is a song called “I Need You”. The song borrows it’s lyrics and themes from the scripture:
28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
Worship and prayer are our deepest breaths. When you find you are breathing quickly, and your heart is hurried and cannot be still, you need to worship. When your pain is overwhelming you and your hope is waning, you need moments in the presence of God where your “time stands still” and you are receiving the strength, life and breath of the One who formed and fashioned you in His image.
Take a deep breath today of the presence of God. Come into His presence with worship, prayer, and thankfulness. Tell Him “I Need You”, and then wait while He breathes into you the strength you need. Listen as He sings your victory and your hope over you today. Let Him be your deep breath.