"Steady Yourself In God"
“You can do it, Shellie. Take a deep breath.” Right. That was easy for her to say, I thought to myself. She was practically a grown-up for goodness' sakes. I was eight, maybe nine. My older sister, Cyndie, was twelve and she was standing on the ground with her hands propped on her hips, looking up at me and encouraging me to jump from the top of Papa’s equipment shed. From where I sat it looked like an awfully long way to the grass, but Cyndie had just performed the miraculous feat before my very eyes and she looked none the worse for wear. I looked at Rhonda, who it should be noted had shown great wisdom in not climbing up there in the first place. My middle sister shrugged her shoulders at me as if to say, “It’s your call.” After additional input from Cyndie that combined a well-timed double dog dare with instructions to hold my breath and go for it, I jumped.
Fast forward a few years. “Y’all are okay. Take a deep breath.” Several years later I heard those same words again. This time I was standing near a mangled car, sobbing in pain and fear. Cyndie was bloody and looked way too still. Rhonda was bleeding, too. They would be fine. We all would, but I didn’t know that at the time.
“Take a deep breath.” No doubt there have been times in your life when someone has given you the same suggestion. It’s supposed to be calming, relaxing, even energizing. And it is, but if I may, I’d love to recommend a different sort of deep breath to you. This kind is oh-so-superior.
Whether you’re faced with the biggest pump shed jump of your life, the type of sorrow that kicks you in the gut, or a case of the worries that just won’t go quit, help is just a prayer away. Sometimes even believers will try to “go it alone” without even realizing it. That’s sad, but it’s true. If you know Him, why don’t you turn towards your Heavenly Father and take a deep spiritual breath by steadying yourself in His love and being encouraged by the promises found in His word. If you don’t know the God of the Bible there’s no time like the present. His loving Presence is available to each of us if we’ll just call out to him through His Son and our Savior. Do you need strength and courage for the challenges life is handing you? Turn to God and take a deep breath.