Someone estimated that humans breathe eighteen times a minute, approximately 1,080 times an hour and about 25,000 times a day. That amounts to 912,500,000 breaths a year - a staggering number!
Our lungs are critical to our well-being. They provide our blood with oxygen that nourishes our brain that allows us to think. They are the exhaust system that removes carbon dioxide and water. If we stop breathing we die.
Yet, we are rarely aware of a single breath that we take or the importance of breathing until we have a serious cough or illness.
So often we take this simple yet critical gift from God for granted. We inhale and then exhale. Occasionally we breathe in more deeply than at other times and we can feel our lungs expand and contract. We even hear the noise that comes from exhaling.
What a wonderful gift from God. A gift that provides life! The Bible says that “For the life of every living thing is in His hand, and the breath of all humanity.”
How very easy it is for each of us to go through life unaware and ungrateful for the simple gifts that God gives us. Rarely do we pause and think, then give thanks to Him for His simple yet significant gifts that make life possible and purposeful.
Let’s breathe a prayer of thanksgiving now!
Prayer: Father, we rejoice in the goodness of Your gifts that we rarely recognize. Give us grateful hearts for all of Your blessings, especially the breath of life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Job 12:10 In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?