I'm sitting in traffic, jamming to my iPod, windows down, sound turned up and this one line from Dashboard Confessional's "Bend And Not Break" always makes me smile, it says, "Talented at breathing...." Why does that make me smile? Think about it. Of all the things to say you're talented at, one doesn't usually list "breathing" as one of them. The lyrics to the first verse are as follows:
Decisive and intentioned
precise and patterned specifically to yours.
I'm talented at breathing
So that my chest will rise and fall with yours
That got me to thinking. If you disregard the real meaning of the song and look at it through the eyes of a child; a child of God. You'll see that He merely wants us to follow in His footsteps. To be so in tune with Him, that we not only walk in His steps, but also allow Him to breath on us.
Have you read, "The Chronicles of Narnia"? Or have you seen the movie? Do you remember when Alsan breaths on the children? One author describes it this way,
The characters who are touched by the lion's warm and fragrant breath don't begin speaking in tongues or shouting hallelujah. Rather, Aslan's breath serves to reassure them (as it does with Lucy after Aslan's “resurrection”) or even bring them back to life (as it does with the creatures who have been turned into stone by the White Witch).
How many times have I ignored that Gentle breeze and tried to reason or explain it away? How often am I too busy to know that He's speaking to me? Like the characters in Narnia, I too have been turned to stone at one point or another and have been in need of "Aslan's" healing breath.
Breathe on me, Breath of God. Please, breathe on me....
God, the Master, told the dry bones, "Watch this: I'm bringing the breath of life to you and you'll come to life. I'll attach sinews to you, put meat on your bones, cover you with skin, and breathe life into you. You'll come alive and you'll realize that I am God!" ~ Ezekiel 37:5-6 (The Message)
You know how you'll hear something over and over but never really get or understand it? I just had a moment of clarity!!! Daniel Bashta at my church sings "Dry Bones", based on the very verse above!!! I get it, Father!!! I get what you're trying to teach me. My bones have been oh so dry for far too long, and you long for me to WAKE UP!
"Come Breathe your Life into me. Fan the flame, oh mighty rushing wind. Let these dry bones dance now!"