Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Balance”
Our Bible verse for today: “Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Breathe”
Last year there was a hit song that got a lot of airplay on Christian radio. It was by Johnny Diaz and the title was “Breathe”. If you’ve never heard the song and are therefore unfamiliar with the tune, as you read these lyrics try to hear in your head a very fast paced, high pitched, staccato tune, perhaps the sound of a small hammer rapidly hitting an anvil – a driving beat pushing the person to frantically race through life. And then suddenly, in the middle of all the loud noise and the high pitched driving beat a pause, total silence for a moment, and then the soft drawn out words … breathe, just breathe …
Alarm clock screaming bare feet hit the floor
It’s off to the races everybody out the door
I’m feeling like I’m falling behind, it’s a crazy life
Ninety miles an hour going fast as I can
Trying to push a little harder trying to get the upper hand
So much to do in so little time, it’s a crazy life
It’s ready, set, go it’s another wild day
When the stress is on the rise in my heart I feel you say just ….
Breathe, just breathe
Come and rest at my feet
And be, just be
Chaos calls but all you really need
Is to just breathe ….
I encourage you to Google the song now and listen to it. The reason the song is so popular is because it speaks directly to the condition of so many of our lives. We race through life at ninety miles an hour when what we really need to do is … just breathe.
The primary reason God established the Sabbath (the fourth commandment) was so we would stop and rest. I know, you thought the primary reason for the Sabbath is to get you to go to church. No, it was first and foremost to be a day of rest. Gathering with God’s people for worship, learning, and fellowship is an important part of that resting and renewing, but the Sabbath is a day of rest, a day to stop running and to just breathe.
This is what I was describing in yesterday’s devotional and it’s one of the primary reasons we all need to be in church. It’s a time to stop and to just breathe as you are refreshed and renewed spiritually. I encourage you to take the time out of your busy life to rest and renew. An important part of that renewal will take place as you gather with others for worship.