The breath of God

February 2, 2009

by Rev. Matthew Sipe, Delano United Methodist Church

The first thing we do when we enter into this life is take a breath. Even before infants can let out their signature cry, they gasp for air and fill their lungs.

Breathing enables us to go about our daily lives independently unfettered. We go to work, run errands, clean the house, and drink our coffee, all without a single moment of uninterrupted breathing.

Our bodies carry out the routine of breathing in such a way that we have to really concentrate on it to notice it. Maybe that is how God is at work in our lives, as well.

We often go about our ordinary life without giving a thought to where God might be, or what God is saying. Just like breathing, we do not stop to think about what gives us life and what sustains us.

In the Bible, Genesis 2:7, it says, “The Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.” God gives us the opportunity to live by breathing into us the breath of life.

During these cold winter months, we have the chance to be still and concentrate on the breath of God. God is here and speaking to us, working in this world for good. When we awaken our senses to the possibilities of love and peace, and we are open to listening for God’s Spirit moving, we can find God in our everyday places.

God’s Son, Jesus Christ came into this world, into our everyday places, to let us know that God is near.

Just as breath is the first thing in our lives, we know that as we near the end of our lives, the last thing to leave us is our breath. Even if we have an opportunity to say our final goodbyes, our breath is the last thing to leave us.

Take time to find God in those still moments of life, before those moments are gone. Listen for the breath of God.