Daniel Fast ~ Day 5
The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life. ~ Job 33;4
Christ is as real as the air that we breathe. Just as we can not live without oxygen, we can not live apart from Christ. Oh, we can exist. But without Christ, our lives are meaningless and empty. But this doesn’t mean that being a Christian is instant easy. In fact, sometimes it is quite the opposite. The teachers at my school sit around the plastic rectangular tables at lunch and share struggles, and remind each other to just breathe. To take it one day at a time.
But sometimes one day at a time is not near enough. Sometimes, we need to take it one hour at a time. Or five minutes at a time. And just breathe in His grace and mercy. I don’t want to be ok with just breathing. I want to live an extraordinary life through Christ. I want to go wherever He takes me. But what if He only wants to take me to my laundry room.
And what if the only extraordinary that I get to see is the wonder and joy on the faces of my children. Sometimes this frightens me and eats away at me and suffocates. And how do I breathe in God’s grace when I can’t even catch a breath. And it’s this, the pain, the mundane, the un-extraordinary, that makes us think that we can’t go on, or that we aren’t worthy of being used by a God who makes habit out of using the plain and unexpected.
“There will always be people who see everything in the world as a measuring stick of their worthiness, instead of as a burning bush of God’s gloriousness. If your life looks like a mess – to them — they whip out a measuring stick and feel confident of their own worthiness. If your life looks like a monument – to them — they whip out a measuring stick – and start cutting you down for their own empowerment.” Ann Voskamp
Let’s put down our measuring sticks and just breathe in God’s grace. And when we are tempted as moms to compare our everyday ordinariness with some imagined betterness, feeling sufficated – then may we all remember that what we really need to breathe is grace.