“I live and breathe God;
if things aren’t going well, hear this and be happy…
If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there;
if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath.” Psalm 34:2,18
This morning, I watched a small piece of lint float in the air, change its course and head directly toward my nose. It dawned on me that my breathing could influence a tiny object such as lint. Normally, I wouldn’t have paid attention to something as tiny as a piece of lint in the air, but I had just read about the important of breathing for not only our health, but for our minds and souls.
I understand the physical function of the need to breathe. It has been a year since my late husband began to experience severe breathing issues caused by an infection in his lungs. For three weeks, I sat by his bed and watched the meter indicating how much oxygen he had in his blood and listened to the concentrator pumping life-sustaining oxygen into his lungs. His lungs failed him, and died from a disease called pulmonary fibrosis.
We need to be grateful for every breath we take. And, it may sound strange, but our happiness and our compassion for others can positively be affected by breathing in life-sustaining oxygen and mindfully expel frustration, anger, and the disappointments we shelter.
Lord, help us become more aware of our breath–the first gift God gave us at birth. Amen.