Every once in a while a song comes along that speaks to my soul in a new way. The first time I heard this song, I was tapping my foot to the steady, somewhat frenzied beat and not really hearing the words until all the music was stripped away and the rhythm changed to the simplicity of the chorus. It was in that simplicity of just piano and voice that God spoke to my heart. “Breathe, just breathe. Come and rest at my feet. And be, just be. Chaos calls but all you really need is to just breathe.”
The song, Breathe, by Jonny Diaz, talks about the crazy, busy life we live. No matter what stage of life we’re in, our calendars get packed full of things to do…school, careers, family life, kids, grandkids, church…the list goes on. In the frenzied pace, we feel like we’re going ninety miles an hour but we’re still falling behind. He encompasses it all in these lyrics… I’m busy, busy, busy, and it’s no surprise to see that I only have time for me, me, me. There’s gotta be something more to this crazy life.
Many of the things that fill our lives are good. But sometimes we need to lay down what’s good and find what’s best. What does that look like for you? What do you need to lay down that’s good…to find what’s best? How can you create some margin or space in your life where God can show up in a new way? This is going to look a little different in each of our lives. I encourage you to find your way. God reminds us, “Be still and know that I am God.” It’s in those moments that we realize that there is a lot more to this crazy life. When we intentionally pace ourselves, our eyes begin to see God working in our daily life and our eyes are open to opportunities to meet needs of those around us. That’s where ministry happens.
Jonny sums up what the song is all about by saying this: “It’s not about just serving God. It’s more about knowing God. I tend to kind of be a Martha – constantly doing things, trying to serve God. And sometimes, I just need to be a Mary and sit at God’s feet. Knowing God needs to be at the pinnacle – the most important thing. He’s not part of my life. He is my life. And He encompasses all things, so I can rest in Him and know that He’s got it all under control.”
The bridge and final chorus of the song reminds us “to take it in. Fill your lungs. The peace of God that overcomes. Breathe, just breathe. Let your weary spirit rest. Lay down what’s good and find what’s best. Breathe, just breathe. Come and rest at my feet. And be, just be. Chaos calls but all you really need is to just breathe.”
This is a lesson that I’m beginning to learn. I don’t have the busyness of an active family at home anymore but I can get so caught up with my to-do list at times. Now, I intentionally schedule time to catch up with a friend, take a walk at the park, or sit still under a tree. These are times that God speaks to me. In the quiet of my soul, he tells me to lay my burdens at his feet. To breathe. To be still. Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
Do you have times when your life feels out of control and chaotic? Don’t forget to take a moment to breathe. Breathe in God’s presence, drink in His Word, and remember He’s with you throughout your day - no matter how crazy it gets!
Pastor Cindy Offringa
Cindy Offringa is the Family Pastor at CCC. She enjoys working with the kids, offering support and resources for their families, and creating fun experiences for all to enjoy. She has been married to John for 22 years and they enjoy spending time with their kids and grandkids. She enjoys walking, swimming with her sister, and reading. She is constantly amazed at (and grateful for) God’s love and grace.