The Breath of Life
Have you ever thought about Inspiration? What inspires us? Where does inspiration come from? What exactly is inspiration? Inspiration is defined in dictionaries as the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. Even once defined it’s a term difficult to explain and more difficult to study. Some say that inspiration is a feeling, others describe it as an energy outside of themselves. Inspiration is often fleeting, it is only apparent when acted upon, you can not see inspiration, you can only see the byproduct. Although you may see something that can elicit inspiration. Inspiration isn’t an act, but you can be motivated to act because of it.
I began thinking about inspiration while studying for an exam. I came across the word while studying the cardio-respiratory (heart & lungs) system. The word I’m studying means, inhalation, breathing in or “active ventilation” as my text-book refers to it. It is one of the two phases of breathing. When we exhale (breath out), the second phase, the air moves out of our bodies and that process is called expiration.
Isn’t it interesting how the same word used to describe a creative force that can motivate us to act is the same word meaning to breath in? Think about this, when God created man, he formed us from the dust, then he blew his breath into us. He blew his inspiration into us! Our first breath was an inspiration from God. And when we die, our final breath is exhaled and we say that person has expired.
The Bible says in Genesis 2:7 Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being(NIV). In other translations the word for being is translated “soul”. No matter how you read it though Adam was an empty shell until God breathed life into him. This was illustrated through the physical action of inhalation, inspired by God.
In 2 Timothy 3:16 Paul says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” In this example we see how God’s inspiration is expressed in the creation of scripture.
Some of us still need Gods breath today. We feel like that empty shell, with no inspiration. On the inside we feel as though we have expired.
One of the most common techniques used to counter anxiety is deep breathing. This deep inhalation provides our bodies with the oxygen we need to feed our cells and maintain health. When we are anxious we breath quick shallow breaths which do not allow our bodies to eliminate the carbon dioxide that builds up in our cells and bloodstream. This causes our bodies to become acidic, this imbalance in our PH causes us to feel panicky and continues the cycle of anxiety. Simply put, breathing in a deep cleansing breath truly heals us. Often we hear the phrase “exhale”, meaning to relax. Exhalation feels good, it’s the final cleansing of the toxins within us but life-giving oxygen is provided only through inspiration.
If you’re feeling empty and dead on the inside, let the life-giving God-breathed scriptures be your inspiration.