Breathe!

From The Power of Small

Let’s start at the beginning. When God first
created earth and earth’s inhabitants, He built
intimacy in. Watch how the Supreme God, Almighty
God, Creator of heaven and earth God took such great care
in creating one man. One human being from whom all others—
billions and billions and billions of others—would come. Starting small
is God’s way.

I realized something recently that I had not seen quite so clearly
before. It jumped out and surprised me. I was considering that the power
of God’s Word that created the universe is as powerful now as it was in
the beginning. When God says “Let there be,” molecules accumulate
into matter, atoms bond together into mass, cell fuses to cell and things
which were not, now exist. When the breath of His mouth rushes out
to vocalize His Word, even the tiniest neutrino is ordered into lockstep
with His command.

Then I started thinking about His breath. It takes breath to
form a word. Have you ever been with someone whose breathing is
compromised? They can’t speak easily. Breath is the transporter of
words and without breath, words are imprisoned inside the mind and
have no outlet. God’s breath is the container of His Word.
Then I started thinking about how He breathed the breath of life into
the human He created on the sixth day—the pinnacle of His creation.
The same breath that carried the word of creation in it. That led me to
consider—and here is the picture that took me by surprise—that He
created the human differently than the way He created everything else.
Everything else was formed by His Word, but the human was formed
by His hands.

As I observed with my imagination how God shaped the human—
formed him, molded and sculpted him—I was awed by the intimacy of
touch that was being acted out. How God left His fingerprints and His
DNA all over the human. How He took the time to tenderly create this
Self-expression with His own hands. Down in the dirt, one with the clay
from which He sculpted. He made the human from the dust of the earth
He had just created. Earthy. He had all the mechanisms necessary for
living in earth’s atmosphere, but he had no life.

Then—and now the intimacy is stunning—then God breathes.
He leans over this earthy man, covers the human’s mouth with His
own, and breathes.

The man formed of earth is filled with the life of the heavenlies.
Heaven and earth meet, and life as God intended appears. What was
not, now had become. When God breathed, He breathed into the
human. Not around him, or over him. He breathed the Word into him.
With the Fall, the man who started out earthy—all earth—was
once again earthy. When Jesus, the last Adam, appeared in earth’s
environment, once again heaven and earth met. When the day came for
the Word to indwell mankind again, He breathed ( John 20:22).

He Still Breathes

All of His careful attention and His laser focus on one person. It
is still His way. He breathes into you as He creates and recreates
you. Forms you with His own hands. The Potter’s hands are shaping
you. You are His workmanship—His self-expression. The reason that
He gives you such meticulous attention, assembling and arranging the
details of your life, is because you are a beginning. From you He will
produce fruit that will last, and will produce more fruit, and more fruit
until the final day.

Where is He working and shaping your life right now? The little
nudges, the longing for something more, the hunger for something
deeper. You are clay in His hands. Let Him shape His vessel.

Small Change

Be acutely aware and immediately responsive to the smallest
inclinations and longings in God’s direction. Respond with this prayer: “Breathe!” Let Him breathe into you His desires for you.

About Jennifer Kennedy Dean

Author and speaker
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