On average we take 28,000 breaths and our hearts beat 103,000 times a day. These little things that we all take for granted. It’s the most natural of function. The part of your brain that controls breath and heart beating is called the medulla, it’s at the base of the brain just above the spinal cord. It controls autonomic function – things that happen in your body automatically. It’s those things that sustain your life.
Have you ever stopped to think about that? Chances are not likely. The things that sustain our lives don’t come from us. In fact, you can’t change them. If you try and hold your breath for too long you will pass out and your body will start breathing again. You don’t get a choice in the matter. You can’t will your heart to stop beating.
Have you ever stopped to think about words? Of all the things God could have used to create. He chose to speak the world into existence. I love the idea of words. I love to tell stories, to give messages, but I also love to write poetry. Words inspire me. I wrote this while looking at an Arizona Sunrise, it’s the beginning of a poem called “Light:”
As it crests the tree line stars run to their holes
The dark shy’s away like a son hiding behind his mother’s leg to afraid to face the new face
It spews glory above in infinite splendor of pink, orange, blue, and yellow
To announce his unchanging character it returns
To scream of his might it conquers the night
Wrapping its warm rays around you, he takes you up into his arms
Don’t be afraid child, I am with you
Proliferating seconds encompassing eternity
Life and warmth and joy chasing away the scary monsters
Awakening the soul
Arise from the ashes of slumber and fulfill your purpose
Relish in a clean slate, Bask in beauty
Acquire sight from the long-lasting darkness
For the sun ;illustrates the son
Here’s my point: Too often we hustle through life and miss so much beauty, so much of creation. Our hearts beat, we breathe, create, work, love, cry, we do all these things on a daily bases and never bat an eye at their splendor. We tend to take it all for granted.
When I slow down, even in the most terrible of circumstances, I am captivated by the beauty and design of what has been made. This world screams of a designer. I have found when I come face to face with that designer my heartbeat changes to match his, my breath expels thankfulness, and my word speaks praise. For me, that is enough.
So my challenge for you today is to slow down, no matter how easy, hard, or rushed your life may seem and come face to face with the designer.
“But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know
that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In his hand is the life of every creature
and the breath of all mankind.”