“God breathed, and all the stars were born.” “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.” NIV Psalm 33:6.
“And he breathed on them, and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” John 20:22.
The Lord breathes on us.
At his breath, we are cloaked in gold dust,
stars and the jewels of this earth
which he creates from mud, coal, rock,
and the bones of dead creatures.
From these nothings,
he creates diamonds, sapphires,
rubies which he breathes over us.
He sees us as beautiful, resplendent,
Because we are his children.
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But we forget
that “we do not have because we do not ask .”
that the Lord can breathe
inspiration on us,
the ideas, the words, the books we long to write.
That God blessed the schemer Jacob
because he ask him to.
That God enlarged the territory of the insignificant Jabez
because he asked him to.
And that is the great secret of getting things done:
Asking God for the power of the Holy Spirit,
And “doing what he tells us.”
We forget that the Lord can breathe
Our hearts’ desires on us.
We think that achieving stuff is all up to us.
But the more we crave the good things of this earth,
The more we need to burrow into the heart of Jesus,
To find them in him, through him and with him.
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We instead toil and strive and scheme and intrigue
To get to the top
Of our particular ant-heap
He can breathe on us everything we crave for,
Just like that.
And we worry and strategize
and look around in envy,
while he, forgotten, stands waiting
to scatter his goodness
on whomever will ask,
sadly watching us scheme and scramble
For he knows there’ll never be a shortage
Of wealth or honour,
For he creates these with this breath.