For the past few days, I’ve been struggling with my asthma. I’ve posted on this blog before about my asthma – most days, I’m fine, and I don’t think much about it. However, I’ve been encountering more shortness of breath these past few days, and am much more aware of each inhalation and exhalation than usual (and this may not be a bad thing).
I know that this will pass. Between my inhalers, allergy medicines, and halotherapy (sea salt therapy, which helps me immensely), my breathing will improve over time. It’s simply a matter of pressing through this season of discomfort until the relief arrives.
When these episodes occur – and they’re usually triggered by a strong smell, and hot weather combined with poor air quality – I’m reminded that every breath that I take is a gift from the Lord, and is not to be taken for granted. After all, He is the Giver of life! As Isaiah 42 states,
So, just in case you thought that YOU woke yourself up this morning, here’s an important reminder – you didn’t. 😉
And the fact that you’ve been breathing all day, without giving it a whole lot of conscious thought? Yeah, God did that, too.
And the food you ate today? And that water you drank? You may have bought it somewhere, but you didn’t make it. He did.
Are you a pet person? (I’m not. Too allergic, but for some reason, animals love me.) Anyway, if your little Fido awoke this morning with a spring in his little paws, remember that the Lord was responsible for that blessing, too.
And that garden that you tend? Do you think that your watering and tilling of the soil make your plants grow? You’d be mistaken. Your efforts, by themselves, are fruitless. However, working in tandem with God’s power, remarkable things can happen. In fact, the Bible has something to say about that, too:
So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. (1 Corinthians 3:7, NIV)
God is the Giver of life – all life – on this planet, as well as the planets, galaxies, and universes about which we know precious little (or nothing).
As for me, I’m just grateful that I can breathe. Sure, my breathing has been a little labored, but I am alive, and the good Lord has given me another day on this earth. I am very grateful!
Dear God, thank You for also being the Author and Giver of all life, and for reminding me to take nothing in my life for granted – even something as automatic and unconscious as my breath. Nothing (and no one) can exist without Your sovereign power.
Also, I ask that You would allow my asthma to get better, if that is Your will. And even though I’m a little short of breath these days, being in this condition reminds me to thank You for the breath that I do have each day. Every breath is a gift and a blessing! In Your name I pray, Amen.