I heard the song “Breathe” by Anna Nalick the other day and it’s been stuck in my head ever since. I tend to be a bit emotional. High-strung. Okay, maybe more than a bit. God, in His great wisdom, gave me people to ground me. Nice, normal, sane, not-emotional people. One of those is the dear husband, who is normally quite calm (as long as there’s no road construction going on!). Another is my sweet best friend. She is pretty unflappable. Which is a great trait when dealing with folks like me. One of her favorite pieces of advice, when I’m going off half-cocked about something, is simply this…”Breathe.” Or sometimes, it’s more like “BREATHE!” Either way, the point is the same. Slow down. Still your mind. Quit letting everything get to you. Breathe.
Ms. Nalick’s song isn’t a Christian one, but I see a godly truth in it, nevertheless. The chorus says:
“‘Cause you can’t jump the track, we’re like cars on a cable
And life’s like an hourglass, glued to the table
No one can find the rewind button, girl.
So cradle your head in your hands
And breathe… just breathe,
Oh breathe, just breathe”
True. We’re stuck in this life. We can’t undo what’s been done. Sometimes, all we can do is just breathe. For those of us who rely on Christ as our strength, that’s a good thing. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know I am God.” Yep, there it is. Even God is telling us to breathe! Well, sorta. Think about it….when you are being still before Him, what else can you do but breathe? It’s there when I think He meets us in a very special way. We breathe in His very presence – and what more do we really need?
So, no matter what’s going on in your life right now, breathe! My best friend says so!
Be blessed and tell someone you love them.