The refreshing breath of God

When something is refreshing, it restores energy and vitality. It is stimulating, uplifting and invigorating. Haven’t we all enjoyed the refreshment that comes after a thunderstorm has rinsed the air of all the dirt and grime? Haven’t we all been invigorated by the cool breeze that follows a summer storm? When storms move through, they are refreshing not only to the weather but also to every living thing.

Yesterday was one of the lovely days we enjoy in the summer here in the St. Louis region. The actual temperature was in the mid 90’s with a heat index was over 100 degrees. It was the kind of day both man and beast has a difficult time being motivated to do much of anything except to try and stay cool. Late in the afternoon a line of strong storms pushed their associated clouds well out in front. By early evening the storms moved through and dropped the temperature all the way down to the lower 70’s within minutes.

Isn’t it interesting how God uses a storm full of lightning and thunder, wind and rain to refresh the atmosphere? I think it would serve us well to consider this the next time our spiritual life mimics the oppressive heat and humidity summer brings. The only way to push the oppression away is through a storm many times.

What is oppression anyway? Oppression is the state one is in when being subjected to the stress of domination or trouble. Sickness many times is a breeding ground for oppression. Financial woes most definitely bring on oppression. Any harsh, stressful or disturbing situation many times ends up oppressing.

Where depression is internal and is brought on by things within our minds; oppression is a more general state brought on by situations and circumstances many times outside of our ability to control. We cannot control the weather when it is oppressive. We cannot control the economy and when it is in a recession, as it many times breeds an oppressive atmosphere in a country, state, city or family.

Honestly, we all periodically find our relationship with the Lord getting stale, stagnant and unfulfilling. Whether through the oppression of a stressful situation, laziness or just going through the motions; there are times when our walk with the God is like the day we just experienced here. When this happens we need to beseech the Father to blow through us His holy breath of life and renew us, revive us and refresh us.

When we feel like closing all the curtains and locking the door so as to wallow in our pitiful existence, that is when we need to throw open the windows and doors and ask God for a spiritual thunderstorm to blow through. Believe me when I say that such things can and do happen and they are GREAT. I leave you with a classic hymn to ponder and consider.

BREATHE ON ME, BREATH OF GOD – by Edwin Hatch (1835-1889)
Public Domain

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Fill me with life anew,
That I may love what Thou dost love,
And do what Thou wouldst do.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Until my heart is pure,
Until my will is one with Thine,
To do and to endure.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Till I am wholly Thine,
Until this earthly part of me
Glows with Thy fire divine.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
So shall I never die,
But live with Thee the perfect life
Of Thine eternity.


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