I remember as a little boy trying to get my mom to react in a certain way. It was during those times that I wanted something. Maybe it was snack… to go play… to watch TV. But for whatever reason, she said, “No.” Maybe it was too close to supper time, or she didn’t want me just wasting away in front of the tube.
Well, I had seen my friend try something with his mom and it worked, so I thought I’d try it with my mom to see if I could make it work. My plan? My magnificent plan? Hold my breath! Yup, that was my brilliant plan. I was going to get what I wanted by holding my breath, and then my mom, seeing my face grow red in desperation, was surely going to give in to my demands. I was going to get what I wanted just like my friend.
Unfortunately for me, my mom let me hold my breath without batting an eye. I remember her standing right in front of me, and even as I think of it – I think she had a smirk on her face. It was as if she didn’t care (which wasn’t the truth). What she knew, and I didn’t in my lack of experience, was eventually, I would come up for air. And of course I did. And I still didn’t get what I wanted. As a matter of fact I got a life lesson for attempting my foolish act, if you know what I mean.
I tell you that little encounter because of what I read in the Word today…
“Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.” Psalm 150:6
That verse made me stop and think of the many times I have the opportunity to praise my God for all that He’s done for me and is still doing, but instead, I clam up my mouth, and in a sense – hold my breath.
I want something… so I pray. It’s doesn’t happen immediately, so instead of praising, I complain. I hold my breath!
I step out in faith, but my way isn’t always as clear as I’d like it, because I’ve never been this way before. Nor is it as easy as I had hoped. As a matter of fact, it’s hard cutting a new path. Instead of praising Him for new adventures – I doubt. I hold my breath.
I know He’s my supplier, but the funds aren’t always there. Instead of praising Him, I either take it into my own hands… let my mind wander for solutions… or let fear rise up. I hold my breath.
Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Everything with life and breath is to praise the LORD. That includes you and me. It includes the times we didn’t get what we wanted and the times we are still hoping to come. Stop holding your breath – it’s only going to give you a headache!
I will praise You today because there is breath in my lungs. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen