We know you've just started reading, but stop... and take that deep breath we mention in the title.
How did that feel? Did you feel anything or was it just normal? Breathing is (fortunately) an automatic function that you don't have to think about. Sounds simple, but there's actually a whole going on when you breathe - oxygen makes its way to blood vessels, carbon dioxide works its way back out, lungs move, the diaphragm gets in on the act: all part of the amazing and intricate processes that keep you alive.
Right, enough of the science lesson. The whole point: We forget that we need to breathe, but God has given us the air for each breath as well as all the body-function means to enjoy it. '...in Him we live and move and have our being' (Acts 17:28 ESV).
God looks over you, lovingly and steadily, providing all you need. From breathing, to eating, to speaking, and sleeping - God created the world that allows you do all of that. It's a sign of His love for you. Deep. The Bible says, 'God formed the man from dust and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life' (Genesis 2:7 ESV). Get encouraged today in all your circumstances that God '... will sustain you' (Psalm 55:22 ESV).
So what now? Let's do a breathing exercise. As you breathe in, thank God for giving you the breath of life, and as you breathe out ask Him to help you show Him to others through your life today.
Soulfood : Is 53:1-12, Acts 8:26-40