Sometimes one doesn’t know exactly what to write or say, and yet the ideas sometimes gnaw at me trying to get them on the paper.
And yet I begin today as if walking and chewing gum at the same time. Almost every day I write in my journal, picking up my pen writing whatever comes to mind. So instead of writing with pen or pencil, it goes here.
Yesterday I wrote about keeping track of my breath, and even throughout the process of just writing, I kept track of it considering how it might change throughout the day as problems arise and difficulties would be faced.
I said then that just as one would listen to music and its continuous melody is playing, my breath is an ongoing thing that makes us, us. Of course this is an Indian concept perhaps, but it’s true.
Just now my awareness of my in and out of breathing shows my identity, my soul, and yes even my spirit.
We get so caught-up in the daily things we do. We are a society that races to this event or that one, always on-the-go.
Sometimes one can truly see the world around us as a rat race, scurrying in our cage, ever trying to capture the prize. And yet the prize is an elusive thing, isn’t it?
The material things of this world are so fleeting and they don’t last.
We are told that,
“The grass withers, the flower fades, but The Word of our God will stand forever.” Isaiah 40:8.
And even more so, our treasures upon this earth will not last. Rust and decay will eventually touch them and cause them to no longer be a thing of beauty or treasure.
And yet even though I may have gotten off topic here, the point is that our focus is often so much upon the material and not upon that which is everlasting.
If again we refocus upon not only our thoughts and how we are always so redirected upon this thing or that, instead redirect them to that which is constant.
Slow down — breathe in, and consider those things that cause us worry or concern. Leave them there, and instead, breathe in those things that are good and everlasting:
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8.
When our thoughts race or we begin to become uneasy or unsettled, then breathe in those things that are everlasting.
Slow down…take the time to breathe, in and out, throughout this day and hour onward.
Every minute, every second, slowing down the pace of the breath. Think of it as a boat anchored to the shore.
The waves lap against it, perhaps even hitting it with great force. But the boat remains anchored and still, not affected by the waves.
That is how I want and intend to be from this moment on. Every mindful of this truth. Let it sink down into my very being. Not hurrying here or there. But doing things with the constant remembrance of my breathing.
Then I will be calmer, more at peace. More at home with myself. Not allowing anything to disturb or even un-anchor the boat.
The waves will always come, beating against it. But it will remain, solid unencumbered And now just as I finish writing, my better half, wakes up, and now the day really begins.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to The LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?