During an overseas trip earlier this year, I experienced restricted breathing; the very breath being squeezed out of me. It had me thinking about breath, and how every breath we take is life providing and valuable, yet we take it for granted until it’s restricted in some way.
An asthma or anaphylaxis attack is often described as being like an elephant sitting on your chest or a python wrapping itself around you. It’s a squeeze that restricts your ability to breathe, a tightening in your chest, and breathlessness. It’s an intense experience where every gasp for breath becomes harder, you become fatigued, lack oxygen, which eventually leads to the death of vital organs.
I have discovered we can sometimes feel like this in life & in ministry. We feel the effects of the squeeze, a breathlessness, exhaustion and lack of oxygen that brings disorientation. You fight hard for every breath and sometimes you wonder, “is it worth the fight?!”
So often I have discovered that when we are in a place of exhaustion or feeling the squeeze, we try to medicate ourselves with holidays or a day off, or extended leave, or family time. While all these things are good and are definitely required, they don’t fix the core problem.
See, from the beginning when Adam was created from the very dust of the earth, he became a living being when God breathed life into him. Psalm 104:30 says, “When you give them your breath, life is created.” The verse before this states, “When you take away their breath, they die and turn again to dust.” Life comes from breath and death comes from the lack thereof.
We have a very real enemy that wants to squeeze the very life out of you, make everything harder and watch you fight just to survive. It feels like death is approaching. The enemy steals, kills and destroys (John 10:10) and he tends to do it ever so slowly, just like a python. It’s the squeeze that takes the very air from your lungs.
Don’t give up the fight! When the right medication is administered it brings relief.
I believe more than ever that God wants to breathe life into you, resulting in full lung and life capacity. John 20:22 says, ‘Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”’ It’s the Holy Spirit who brings the breath of life. I believe it’s time for us to receive a fresh breath of the Holy Spirit. It’s not time to self-medicate, but rather let him administer life and breathe into you.
He is the air that you breathe, He is the oxygen to all your vital organs. Don’t wait until your breath is restricted, let Him bring you fullness of life. Allow the Holy Spirit to minister to you, simply receive, breathe in and breathe out.