Eternal Perspectives by Sally Bair
The minute I stepped off the train, I took a deep breath of the Glacier National Park air. My lungs craved it after breathing the stale, eye-burning air of the coach for twenty hours. During the entire week I spent in the Park, I couldn’t seem to get enough of its pure, cleansing air. Yes, Lake Superior air is refreshing too, but the mountain elevation seemed to increase the purity of Glacier air. Not only did it smell heavenly, it gave me renewed energy and a fresh perspective on life, despite the altitude. My soul was happy because my lungs were.
Our lungs are amazing organs. They transfer oxygen into the bloodstream and release carbon dioxide from our blood into the atmosphere. They’re sensitive to smoke, allergens in the body and air pollution. God has provided us with solutions to keeping our lungs healthy. For instance, we all know the benefits of breathing deeply and exercising our bodies daily. Another provision is the wide variety of healthful foods available, such as fresh fruits and vegetables and raw honey. Even houseplants give our lungs a boost through their release of oxygen.
The book of Genesis tells us He breathed life into Adam. He also gave the prophet Ezekiel the words to say to an entire valley of “dead bones,” people who were spiritually dead. “He said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! Thus says the Lord God to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. I will … put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.” (Ezekiel 37:4-6)
Ezekiel prophesied as God commanded, and breath came into them, and they lived. Today our spiritual health benefits, too, through God’s Spirit and Word that breathe life into us. The more we partake of it, of Him, the healthier we become. The very breath that God gives us is cause for us to praise Him, as does all of His creation. After all, by His breath He created all things and by our breath we should adore Him.
Like the pure, satisfying air of Glacier National Park, God’s pure, satisfying Word not only cleanses us from sin and impurity but renews us in body, soul and spirit.
Lord, thank You for the breath of life. Give us wisdom in keeping our lungs healthy. Show us through Your Word and Spirit how to remain spiritually healthy, strong and powerful for Your purpose in drawing others to You. In Jesus’ name, amen.