Your Breath is Powerful When Things Heat Up!

by admin on July 24, 2011

shellyGuest Blogger

It’s summer! It’s hot! The air is thick and it seems hard to physically breathe at times. The record breaking temperatures are taking their toll on mankind. Gas prices are high. Our government is gridlocked. The debt ceiling debate is a national debacle with international consequences.  And if Boehner and Obama don’t reach an agreement, some predict the world financial system will experience an economic “Armageddon” and bust. I mean really? Don’t we have enough to deal with in our own individual lives? It’s tempting to get frustrated and join in on the senseless rhetorical banter of the stress in our lives. But I was reminded of better way to deal with the emotionally draining stimuli that we may encounter on any given day, the other day…

I awakened earlier than usual. It was still pitch dark out. I glanced at my clock. 4:30am. At 5:00am my alarm would fill the room with the sounds to wake me up so I decided to stay up and “be still” under my covers.  Ahhh. Nice and comfy.  And then I heard the noise. I looked over out the window and saw the dark beginning to give way to dawn. The noise was actually delightful and nice. I smiled.  Audibly, I said, “Good morning Holy Spirit! (I start every day like this) wow, the birds are waking up also I guess? “Who let the birds out? Tweet….tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet! I immediately thought of a familiar song but in my mind I changed the words, to fit the melody and similar to the lyrics of, “Who let the dogs out? Woof….woof, woof, woof, woof.” They were loud for 4:30am. At least I thought so.  I’m sure my neighbors heard me laughing; but what about those birds tweeting at this early hour? They were loud and seemingly in tune with the time.  My different and peculiar lyrics were in my head all day. All the chaos around me seemed calm from my perspective as I pondered my funny early morning experience with tweeting birds. To make matters worse, later that night, I was turning out the lights in the kitchen getting ready to go to bed and I stopped as I heard the night creatures having what sounded like a concert outside.  I paused. Smiled and quietly whispered, who let the crickets out? Chirp….chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp, and danced my way to bed. From dawn to dusk to dark, my chaotic hot day seemed cool and calm.

I know that may seem simple and silly, but over the years I’ve come to appreciate the beauty of  simple things. That experience produced laughter and joy that drowned out the mundane cares of life for me– work, stress, the heat, more work and every other responsibility I had.  Dogs, birds and even crickets have breath just like us and that day simply reminded me, “Let every thing that has breath, praise ye the Lord.”  The creatures God created get it.  Why do we forget? Think about it.  When a dog has been locked up, alone all day and then his owner comes home and lets him out, what does he do? He runs, jumps and barks up a storm. I can only imagine the joy God gets when he hears their sounds.  What about our sounds?  How are we acting?  because every time I paused to think about my unique rendition of a popular melody, I simply smiled.  David tells us in Psalm 37: 12-15 that even though the wicked are plotting against the godly, snarling in defiance, our Lord just laughs.  He knows their end is coming.  God is omnisciently aware of all things. If God finds laughter appropriate in the midst of heated circumstances, why can’t we?  It’s good for us – mind, body and soul! Solomon summed it up perfectly in Proverbs 17:22, “A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired.” (Message).  I couldn’t agree more.  Pause, sing, tweet, or chirp but let’s keep our minds on God’s perspective of things and allow the breath He gave us….to do what it was created to do.  A dear friend of mine said it best, “all this heat……forces us to slow down and take a breath.”

Living in a delightful place,


Shelly L. Burgess is an ordained Elder in Columbia Family Worship Center in Columbia, MD. Passionate and committed to prayer and the diligent study of God’s word, she currently oversees the Teaching ministry and is a member of the Intercessory Prayer Team.

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