Breath of GodLent Devos
BREATHE – Day 2, February 18, 2021: 40 Day Lenten Journey
For the Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. – Job 33:4
The very breath of God is what sustains life and how often do we walk through our day to day life unaware of His daily presence in every breath we take. So often we try to live our life on our own and we feel physically and spiritually overwhelmed and anxious, literally like we are struggling to catch our breath. God created us in such a way that every breath we take is a holy exchange between the Creator and the created.
Harvard Health Publishing explains the benefit of “proper breathing”:
“Proper breathing goes by many names. You may have heard it called diaphragmatic breathing, abdominal breathing, or belly breathing. When you breathe deeply, the air coming in through your nose fully fills your lungs, and you will notice that your lower belly rises. The ability to breathe so deeply and powerfully is not limited to a select few. This skill is inborn but often lies dormant. Reawakening it allows you to tap one of your body’s strongest self-healing mechanisms.
The act of breathing engages the diaphragm, a strong sheet of muscle that divides the chest from the abdomen. As you breathe in, the diaphragm drops downward, pulling your lungs with it and pressing against abdominal organs to make room for your lungs to expand as they fill with air. As you breathe out, the diaphragm presses back upward against your lungs, helping to expel carbon dioxide.
Shallow breathing hobbles the diaphragm’s range of motion. The lowest portion of the lungs — which is where many small blood vessels instrumental in carrying oxygen to cells reside — never gets a full share of oxygenated air. That can make you feel short of breath and anxious.
Deep abdominal breathing encourages full oxygen exchange — that is, the beneficial trade of incoming oxygen for outgoing carbon dioxide. Not surprisingly, this type of breathing slows the heartbeat and can lower or stabilize blood pressure.” Harvard Health Publishing, May 2009.
Today, practice drawing deep holy and healing breaths, allowing your lungs to fill completely. Be still and as you draw a breath reawaken one of the “body’s strongest self-healing mechanisms.” Allow this exercise to reawaken your dependence on God for daily living, physical and spiritual. As you exhale allow your breath to be a rush of praise to the One that created you. This simple exercise of properly breathing can become a holy and healing practice of worship and praise as your pursue more of your Lord in your daily living!