~week one~day three~
The Reason to Keep Breathing
There are reasons to read on though. His kindness leads us to repentance. Romans 2:4. There is no greater love than He who lays down his life for His friends. John 15:13. He didn’t take you this far to leave you. Philippians 1:6.
There are also reasons to keep breathing when you are suffering. None of us fully knows the kindness of God until our need supersedes our abilities. Somehow when the impossible flows into our reality, we finally recognize that our human efforts can only take us so far. We can’t change people. We can’t alter circumstances with our influence or smarts. We can’t carve out a way when there is no way. We can’t work all things together for good on our own.
We can, however, choose to keep breathing. As we breathe, He shows us that there is no distance He will not go to prove His love. There is no width He won’t go to put our pieces back in order. There is no depth He won’t go to show us how very much He loves us. He is interceding for us; placing in us His strength, so that we can in fact breathe through our pain.
It is worth it to keep on breathing. He did not take you this far to leave you. He has plans to give you a hope and a future.
I remember looking into my dad’s eyes as He crossed over to heaven. As I said goodbye with my eyes staring into his eyes, I distinctly remember knowing that His love was greater than the heartbreak of goodbye. His wisdom was higher than my thoughts of keeping my dad here. At that time, I did not know the true depth that would result from continuing to breathe. I would not know for quite some time the value of breathing as we suffer. But it is for the same reason I picked up again those two books on Fear. He has a message for us at all times. But especially when we suffer.