I used to think everything (pretty much) was a sign from God, but now I know that a sign without confirmation in the Word is just wishful thinking.
I've had many freaky things happen to me, but this one was one for the books.
One day, while I was on the train headed to a work, I realized that I forgot to do my morning devotions. I was running late, and a thousand things were going through my mind at once.
As I was sitting on the train, it was almost as if a giant billboard with bright lights spelling out the word 'breathe' randomly turned on in the dark place of my mind.
It was so clear that I distinctly remember thinking to myself, "Why am I thinking about the word breathe?"
And then, as if that wasn't already random, I started thinking of an acronym for the word.
Be. Ready. Even. After. The. Hell. Enters.
What does that even mean? If I'm honest, I don't even know what that meant, but it was the best acronym I could come up with at the time. Don't judge me 😑.
As soon as I got to work, I opened my devotional app to read the message for the day. Typically, when I open the app, there's a cover screen with a quote or scripture that prefaces the message for the day. Then, when I tap the cover screen, it flips over and takes me to the message.
That day was a little different, though.
The cover screen didn't have a quote or scripture; It had a single word. And you'll never believe what the word was on the cover screen that day ... BREATHE!!!
My heart skipped a beat when I saw the screen. I was beyond freaked out.
So many questions started popping into my mind. What does this mean? Is this a sign from God? What is He trying to tell me? OMG!
After a few moments of freaking out, a thought came to my mind: when situations happen out of your control and when things become a bit overwhelming, take a moment to clear your mind and just breathe.
"You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!"
- Isaiah 26:3
I don't know about you, but the last few months of my life have been an emotional rollercoaster. I've had to intentionally (and proactively) set aside time to just breathe and meditate on the Word of God.
But isn't that the point? You know, always turning to God for air.
Without going on an emotional rollercoaster, how would we recognize God's peace? Without pain, how would we know pleasure? Without failure, how would we know success? Without our weaknesses, how would we recognize our strengths?
I love Psalm 126:5, which says, "Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy." During my quiet time with the Lord last week, that scripture was placed on my heart, and I believe it was to share with you.
There's a time to plant seeds and a time to reap the harvest. But you can't plant and reap in the same season. All the seeds that you've been planting aren't in vain—they will blossom in the right season.
Just breathe. Your harvest is near.
I challenge you today to take a few moments to clear your mind of all the challenges in your life. Clear your mind of all the hurtful things that happened in your past. Clear your mind of all relationship and work problems. Clear your mind of all financial hardships. Clear your mind of absolutely everything, meditate on the Word of God, and just breathe.
We all have stinky poop, but God is the best air freshener ;).
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You were born to do great things. Just breathe and let God do His thing.