I’m ready to turn off the madness, check out and move to the Caribbean. To let the ocean breeze comb through my hair, and the scent of saltwater erase all the chaos. A little lime and a coconut and I’m good to go.
Yeah ……… it’ll still be here when I get back. Then what?
I have a better idea. What if we just cozy up to our Jesus, sit quietly and breathe.
There’s a technique, known as combat or tactical breathing. This breathing strategy has been used by first responders, the military, and athletes to focus, gain control, and manage stress. The technique also appears to help control worry and nervousness.
I know it sounds elementary, but the Navy Seals use it all the time. I just assumed they were superhuman – but apparently not. They cope with the stress in the same way we can.
Relax by taking 4 to 5 breaths as described here.
Visualize each number as you count. Breathe in counting 1, 2, 3, 4 – Stop and hold your breath counting 1, 2, 3, 4 – Exhale counting 1, 2, 3, 4 – Repeat the breathing. Breath in counting 1, 2, 3, 4. Pause and hold your breath counting 1, 2, 3, 4. Exhale counting 1, 2, 3, 4. You get the idea.
Let’s take it a step further. Do that same breathing exercise and recite the words in your head, “Come Holy Spirit, Come”, during the 4-count inhale. HOLD for 4, and internally say, “Heal my heart” on the 4-count exhale.
When you’re through sit quietly and ask God what He has for you today. Listen for that still small voice in your head and your heart. Don’t run off, just sit there. We’re talking 5-10 minutes. You can do it. Wait for His response. Write it down and refer to it over the course of the day. It may not be an action item, it may simply be a kiss on the forehead and reassurance that He’s in total control of your circumstances and that of this world.
No surprises in His Kingdom. Only the hope that lies in a committed life to Jesus.
Make no mistake, we’re in the most significant spiritual battle of our age. We must suit up every day in full armor. Why not start in a less hurried way and ask God how He’d like your day to go or what He thinks of you. …….. Wait for it.
BREATHE friends. Just BREATHE.
And that’s the memo.