No, not the way you may be thinking...not the way media has pounded us with the " I can't breathe'" movement. Nothing to do with George Floyd, Eric Garner or the entire BLM movement. Now don't get me wrong, those men were precious children of God and no man ever deserves to die at the hands of another man in any other way than self-defense. The LORD gives and the LORD takes away. If man decides he has the power to take another man's life and does so with no remorse or repentance to the Creator, than the Lord will have His vengeance.
No, I am not talking about that kind of "I can't breathe." I am talking about the literal, " I CANNOT BREATHE."
I cannot wake up, go to sleep, eat, blink, see, taste , touch, love.....I cannot do ANYTHING without my Savior.
Have you ever gone snorkeling or even more intense, scuba diving? I have never actually scuba dived, but I have snorkeled , and there is just nothing more implausible than the thought of being UNDER water and taking a nice deep breath of air. ( did I mention UNDER water?!)
Yet, under water is where some of God's most amazing, breathtaking creations dwell. Just below a boat in the ocean, deep depths below the bottom of that boat, lies larger than human clams, coral and coral reefs. Searching farther you will see blue sea stars, sharks of all sizes and varieties, beautiful tropical colors of fish that claim all the colors of the rainbow and in between. There are giants sea turtles, jellyfish, dolphins and whales. The world's longest mountain chain lies under the ocean as well as over 1,000 shipwrecks off the Florida Keys alone! 70% of the earth's surface is actually made up from our oceans! To say the ocean is truly a "world of it's own" is an understatement.
However, when I think about taking a "leap of faith" and just jumping in the great wide ocean two feet first, I get a rush of queasiness in my stomach! Oh sure, I can swim well and I actually love the water. Even if I was strapped securely with an oxygen tank and all the equipment needed to assure me a safe dive beneath the world of oxygen my lungs so crave and need, I would still be in panic. In fact, the thought of going "all in" in anything in life never gives me the greatest feeling. " What if I fail?" "What if I get sick?" What if they laugh at me?" What if I die?" I am not going to lie, I have felt ALL of those feelings and thoughts. I have felt many of them many times to be honest. And it's true! ALL of that COULD happen. IT COULD! Yet, if I would have never taken that 2 feet jump "all in" so many times in my life, I would never have or be where I am today. I have experienced loss and I have experienced gain. I have cried myself to sleep many times, and I have laughed so hard so many times my belly literally hurt. I was crying, but not tears of sadness. I was crying tears of joy! If no one would have had the desire, the passion, the creativity and the intelligence to learn to live for hours underneath 70% of our world, we would never have known or seen the beauty of what lies below.
Trust Him. Jump in. Don't let fear make you miss out on the most beautiful relationship of a lifetime.
"If we never had the courage to take a leap of faith, we'd be cheating God out of the chance to mount us up with wings like eagles and watch us soar." ~ Jen Stephens
What's holding you back today from moving forward?
Where are you trusting your next breath comes from?
"Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways." Romans 11:33