I have seen wind at sea. The wind is invisible, but you can feel it move, that is how you know it’s there as it flows over your face. When the wind is felt on your skin it soon moves the waters of the sea by that same feeling. Within minutes a flat sea can turn up huge waves as the water experiences the surface tension from the the otherwise invisible moving air we call wind.
I was reminded that God is spirit – breath or wind. I read the following section that brought my life at sea together with the life and movement of God in the world. This rest day from sea lets me breath God, in a different way, and place.
Yahweh – It was considered a literally unspeakable word for Jews……formally the word was not spoken at all, but breathed! Many are convinced that its correct pronunciation is an attempt to replicate and imitate the very sounds of inhalation and exhalation. The one thing we do every moment of our lives is therefore to speak the name of God. This makes it our first and our last word as we enter and leave this world…….
I remind people that there is no Islamic, Christian, or Jewish way of breathing. There is no rich or poor way of breathing. The playing field is utterly leveled. The air of the earth is one and the same air, and this divine wind “blows where it will” (John 3:8) – which appears to be everywhere. No one and no religion can control this spirit. – Richard Rohr. The Naked Now
I am not a reformed person, but the Westminster Confession of Faith states.
There is but one only, living, and true God, who is infinite in being and perfection, a most pure spirit, invisible, without body, parts, or passions; immutable, immense, eternal, incomprehensible, almighty, most wise, most holy, most free, most absolute; working all things according to the counsel of His own immutable and most righteous will, for His own glory; most loving, gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin; the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him………
Great theology, lofty theological concepts and words. Certainly not the concept most have about “God”. However, this image that we inhale and exhale the presence of God in the world, and our own life, with every “LIVING” breath we take is compelling. The “breath of life” was not only given at our birth, but HIS life is animating our bodies and souls with every breath thereafter also.
- We breath His presence.
- We breath His life.
- We breath the sound of His name every second of our lives.
This is an image I will take to my grave.
Maybe evangelism is helping people to see the finger prints of God on their lives, face, skin, and lungs, and to finally hear his name that has been pass their lips all their lives?
Only then will the lofty theological terms, words and ideas have any meaning to anyone.
We breath his name, might it be enough to know this?
Having worked in Africa I see the danger in tribalism, elevating group identity over respect for each individual. Villainizing of a different group is where we are heading in North America. Identity groups held too high leads to tribal war. We see it in journalism today. It’s nothing more than tribalistic identity politics, and why I gave up on news sites a few months ago.
Villainize your enemy, is the ideological culture of our day. They are dangerous, scary, evil, and to be dealt with, silenced. “Love your enemies” – Jesus
We are more alike than we realize.
- He is our Alpha – the first breath of Life we ever took was breathing in and out his name.
- He is our Omega , the last breath we take and exhale is saying his name.
- And with every breath in between, I am making the confession sound of his name.
Is breathing God Possible? Is this for real? Is this silly mambo-jumbo?
I think I breathed Him in and out on the waters this week.
I like the sound of Yahweh on my lips. I hope He is pleased also.