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Permalink 12:44:13 pm, Categories: GraceHead thinking deeply, By Pam, 551 words   English (US)

The Breath of God

Job 34: 14-15 If it were his intention and he withdrew his spirit and breath, all mankind would perish together and man would return to the dust.

It isn't surprising that Job is the oldest book in the Bible for from the moment Adam and Ever were cast from the garden and began living beneath the shadow of death, human beings have suffered. In Job we find a human codicil for suffering. No matter what we should suffer in this life, we can always find an echo of understanding in reading Job.

All of us are born into this world beneath that same shadow of death and all of us are in the process of learning to live as we are in reality, dying. In the ruddiness of health and strength, we take our lives for granted thinking that our strength comes from ourselves and not truly believing that we are mortal beings. The fullness of life can blind us to our own precariousness. We can become so sure of our own power that we never truly stop to consider that none of our dreams or plans can ever come to pass unless the Lord wills us to live long enough to accomplish them. Every moment we walk upon this earth is governed by the uncertainty that we will remain alive in the next.

In our time, most of tend to rely upon science as our guide to reality. Nothing is truly fact unless it has been proven by science to be fact. That which is real must be verified by science in order to own its reality. We tend to live our lives in self-ownership until a scientist who has obtained a portion of our bodily tissue or fluid, peers at it beneath a microscope, and makes a dire prediction of our future. It is in that moment that the reality of our precarious existence comes into its own. Fear and panic set in and we become immobile as our dreams and plans for our future seem to have suddenly come to an end. We pass from the delusion of thinking ourselves near immortal and in charge of our own destiny into another delusion of our lives being over when they are not.

The truth is that our lives don't belong to us but they are not precarious for our life is in the hands of God. He has numbered our days and has His master plan for each one of them as we live them out before Him. None of us will pass before the time appointed and none of us will suffer that which is not ordained by Him and all of it suits His purpose. Nothing that we suffer is in vain.

How glorious it is to know, Jesus and in Him to be able to enter the rest of God. To not only have the breath of God to enliven us to walk upon this earth but in Christ, to experience the full breath of God that is the Holy Spirit working within us, drawing us ever closer to the Father. Jesus walks with us and talks with us and one day, will guide us home.

On this uncertain day, breathe on me oh, breath of God and fill me with the certainty of Life that is Jesus.

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Comment from: Len Hummel [Visitor] ·
Hi Pam. Hope you are feeling well and doing well.
That was a great affirmation of GOD's goodness and sovereignty: HE CAN be trusted. wholly. ... {even when we do not (and seemingly) cannot understand.}

I look at it this way: GOD IS INFINITELY WISE and INFINITELY RIGHTEOUS. " the Heavens are high above the earth..."

blessings and Shalom.

Permalink 12/01/06 @ 01:19
Comment from: Len Hummel [Visitor] ·
Hi Pam. I think it's just kind of a shame that Trent almost never checks in with his own blog-forum anymore.

Anyway, please keep us updated on what's happening with you. What's the latest doctor's report, if you would care to share any of that. ?

Permalink 12/06/06 @ 08:10
Comment from: Pam [Member]
Hi Len,

I think Trent is just busy starting a new business. I know from experience the kind of time that demands.

I'm doing okay. I have a rare blood disorder called cryoglobulenemia that causes my blood to begin to gel at temperatures below 70 degrees. I'm staying warm and am blessed that it was diagnosed early. There is no treatment but I'm hoping that with a bit of common sense, I can fare better than many who have this disorder.

Thank you for your concern, Len and I'm sorry for not checking in here sooner. I'm in the midst of a kitchen remodel and that is a demanding task too.

Permalink 12/06/06 @ 12:53
Comment from: Len Hummel [Visitor] ·
Well, I pray GOD HEALS you and you live a full, fruitful, and healthy life until He takes you Home in His perfect time, ... and not one second before HIS time. Amen.

Have a great week, Pam.
Permalink 12/07/06 @ 10:03
Comment from: SteveW [Visitor] ·
Hi Pam,

Just stopping by to let you know I was thinking of you and hoping you are doing well.

May this Christmas season and the coming New Year bring you the best of all of God's goodness.
Permalink 12/21/06 @ 23:37
Comment from: Pam [Member]
Hey buddy,

Thanks for the concern. I'm doing okay. There are people with this disease that are much, much sicker than I am, so I've much to be thankful for. It does isalate me though as I have to stay in an environment of 70 degrees or higher and 75 degrees is the temperature at which I don't experience pain. That limits where I can go and who wants to hang out with me.:0)

I'm not glum about it but I'm just in unchartered water right now and have no words. I've been painting a lot and spending time with my kids and grandson.

You have a great Christmas with your clan and thanks again for caring.

Permalink 12/22/06 @ 10:10
Comment from: bruced [Visitor] ·
How are you, Pam?
Permalink 12/25/06 @ 21:19
Comment from: Pam [Member]
Hi Bruce:0)

I'm sorry I was so slow to see this. Somehow, I didn't get notification.

I doing pretty well. The hardest part is just not being able to get out and do what I'd like to do. I miss walking in the snow and we've had a lot of it this year. My husband is planning a trip to Phoenix for us the end of the month. He says that I've become a lizard woman and it's time to find a sunny rock in the Sonora Desert.:0) He's very good to me. I'm blessed to be married to a man from whom Jesus always emerges to play at least, once a day.

I have a dear friend who is a painter and also preaches at a very small church here. He is very good to bring me c.d.s of his sermons every week and this a.m., I listened to one entitled, "Money Talks but Suffering preaches" One of the best things he had to say was, what did it take for the woman who glorified God by giving all she had in her poverty? The answer of course, her poverty. He went on to say that our sufferings are the details within His design for us. This is another detail and I will do as I can to focus on the beauty of the design and not on the painfulness of the present detail.

You are sweet to ask, bruce. By the way, I read your blog fairly often and often enjoy what is there.

Permalink 01/07/07 @ 21:18

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