Breath of Life

by April Newbell

Several years ago, a friend gave me some seeds that came from a plant in Africa. I had no idea what the plant would look like or what kind of care it would need—special soil or special food? Would it need to be kept outdoors or inside? How big would it grow?

I took the seeds and planted them in a flowerpot, watered it well, and placed it in my kitchen window to get plenty of sunlight. I watched that pot almost daily for any sign of life. I even talked to the plant. (I know. Crazy plant lady.)

One day I saw a little green shoot breaking through the soil. How exciting!

The plant grew large, forming a cone from which the leaves would sprout. On this cone there were tiny little flowers with seeds in them. When the plant became too big to keep in the window, I moved it to my sunroom.

As they say, out of sight out of mind. I forgot about the plant and no longer tended it and talked to it like I once had. As you can imagine, it died.

Life depends on breath. Plants, even though they do not have lungs, do “breathe.” They give off oxygen and take in carbon dioxide. Without breath we would surely die just like my plant. But was the plant really dead?

Spiritually speaking, we often may feel like we are dead or dying.

We can get lax in our relationship with God, not giving Him our time and attention. Perhaps we have been going through a dry season and do not feel that our prayers are being heard. Maybe there have been so many storms in life that doubt creeps in. We get weary in the waiting. Like when test results come back positive. Or when that child has not yet returned.

Is God still there? Does He hear me or see me? Why am I having to go through this? Why has He not answered my prayers?

God breathes life into these dead and dying places. He takes hearts of stone and makes them tender. He brings prodigals home. He gives hope for better things. He makes all things new. He refreshes the soul.

In the garden, when God created Adam and Eve, it is God’s breath breathed into them that gave life. Our life depends upon breath.

May God breathe new life into our spirits.

Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord. Ezekiel 37:5-6 ESV

This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

About the author: April Newbell is a retired office manager for a family medicine office and an aspiring writer. She has previously published two devotionals on April and her husband, along with their dog, live in Huntsville, Alabama.

Join the conversation: How has God breathed life into your dead and dying places?

3 thoughts on “Breath of Life

  1. Thank you, April. I’m so grateful God is more powerful than our hardened hearts or dry spirits. He responds when we ask for His hydration and softening power.


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