Yet the act of breathing can sometimes be difficult. When I am waiting for news about a loved one who is ill and I fear the worst, I find myself holding my breath. When I am worried that I have done something irreparable or unforgivable, breathing feels impossible. The weight of my troubles are overwhelming, and I don’t think I can endure.
In his hand is the life of every living thing
and the breath of every human being.
Job 12:10 (NRSV)
Breathing is a gift from God. However many days, months, or years we live, God alone gives us breath. God is our life.
When I am scared or anxious and don’t know what else to do, sometimes I simply need to breathe, to pause and take a break. Even when I am so upset that prayer eludes me, I can breathe deeply and focus on God.
Job 12:10 offers us a reminder of whose we are. Even Job, who suffered more than I can imagine, found comfort. Knowing that God was holding his life and his breath in God’s hand gave him peace.
PRAYER: Thank you, God, for giving us breath. Teach us to breathe in your grace throughout the good days and the difficult ones. Amen.