HOW CLEAN IS THE AIR WE BREATHE?
Nothing can compare to the pure, fresh, powerful air that God’s Spirit provides. When we ask Him for it, we become not only healthier in spirit but we honor the Lord by drawing others to Him. Breathe on us, Breath of Life!
Eternal Perspectives by Sally Bair
The Air We Breathe
During this autumn’s peak of colorful leaves, I took a walk along a narrow path that led to one of the many waterfalls in the area. The air was so pure and rich, I wanted to bottle it and take it home. We Northern Wisconsinites are blessed with clean, relatively unpolluted air.
Not so those who live in areas where industrial or other kinds of pollutants fill the air. Even cigarette smoke affects many of us. Add those who suffer from asthma or other lung-related diseases and those affected from the smoke of forest fires, and the tally is incalculable.
When our lungs are filled with good air, it benefits every part of our body, including the heart muscle. If our lungs and heart are healthy, it's usually an indication of good, all-around health. When they are not, all kinds of bad things begin to happen. One thing for sure, we become sluggish and feel half-alive.
While traveling west in 1988 during terrible wild fires, my husband and I were forced to drive through smoke as thick as fog. An occasional wild animal stood or lay by the road, having come out of a smoky area. They all looked half-alive.
There's such a thing as spiritual air, too. After Jesus’ death, His disciples no doubt grew despondent at His passing. They had lived with Him, seen His miracles, and listened to His teachings for three years. Now He was gone. What would they do? Perhaps they felt half-alive, as if the air had been snatched from their lungs.
But He reappeared after His resurrection, making Himself known to them. "Peace be with you," He said. "As the Father has sent me, I am sending you." And He breathed on them, saying, "Receive the Holy Spirit." (John 20:22) Now they could breathe deeply again, filled with His peace and power.
We need God's Spirit, His breath of spiritual fresh air as much as the disciples did, if we're going to be effective in our Christian walk. When our spiritual lungs are healthy, our hearts are also. Our hearts needn’t be half-alive or cold and useless, when we could be loving, vibrant, growing disciples who can offer God's breath of fresh air to others. His life-supporting breath wasn't meant for the twelve disciples alone. It is meant for all of us. We must avail ourselves of it.
Father, we confess that sometimes we allow unhealthy air into our spiritual lungs and hearts. Fill us, Lord, with the oxygen of Your Spirit so that others, through us, may find fresh air in their own lives. Breathe on us Your life-giving breath today. In Jesus' Name, amen.