Learning How to Breathe
Lucinda Secrest McDowell
Yes, the sand in Bermuda really is pink. And the water really is turquoise. And the best way to enjoy both is to snorkel in the sea.
I admit it took me a while to learn to swim with fins and breathe through my mouth into a tube whilst peering through goggles. But once I got the hang of it – bliss!
Wonder. Color. Creativity. “So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it.”(Genesis 1.21) All of God’s best handiwork on display right here under the sea. But you can’t appreciate any of it if you are in a hurry.
Snorkeling is a slow activity. Breathe in. Breathe out. Kick and paddle with those fins and reach out to coral and underwater rocks buried deep in the ocean floor. Eyeball the iridescent Parrot fish and try in vain to count the hundreds of tiny minnows that seem to swim in formation . But take your time.
Breathe deeply and enjoy the moment.
God created these colorful “creatures of the sea” just for us. In the beginning, “darkness covered the ocean, and God’s Spirit (ruach meaning “breath”) was moving over the water.” (Genesis 1.2 NCV) Have you ever noticed that we use the words “breath” and “spirit” in similar ways today? If we say It took my breath away, we don’t literally mean we stopped breathing. It means our spirit was deeply affected. We felt awe or amazement – a strong reaction deep inside our being.
That is similar to how I felt when I finally got comfortable breathing through a tube. Relaxed and yet amazed. Eager to explore more and more of the deep waters God had breathed over just for me.
Is it time for you to slow down and breathe deeply?
under the mercy, Cindy
©2016 Lucinda Secrest McDowell
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