He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young
. {Isaiah 40:11}

23 August 2011

something to think on...

Sweet Hubs checked out a link that a friend recommended yesterday and he, in turn, recommended it to me.
I can't say that it is fact, but I can say that it's plausible and if, true, it's life changing.
What is it?

It's the idea that the name of God, the name God gave Moses at the burning bush, which we speak as "Yahweh" is actually not a speakable word at all. It is either too difficult or just impossible to enunciate and is, instead, the sound of our breathing.
If this is true... consider what Pastor Rob Bell {yes, I know he's a controversial character right now but please ignore the man and consider the message that is not original to him} ponders. If this is the case, if our very breath is the name of the LORD then a baby's first breath is speaks the name of the Lord and if it is true then our very last act in life is to speak the name of God. Or as Bell says it "When a baby is born what's the first thing it must do or this baby isn't going to make it. Does this baby have to take a breath or ...say the name of God? And what's the last thing you do and then you die? The last thing we do is take our last breath? Or is it that when we can no longer say the name of God we die?"
I found this all thought provoking.
The idea that our very beings cannot help but utter the name of God. Our very life and existence exude His presence. And the best part is, it's completely voluntary. We do it whether we want to or not. Even unbelievers have to breathe to live. Bell asks, "Is it possible that you can be having a meal with a good friend of yours who doesn't believe in God and you can be sitting across the table from your friend who could be saying "there .is. no. God." and what you would be hearing is [the name of that very God he is denying]." What a beautiful picture? The idea that in order to live you must breath. In order to live you must speak He must be in you.

Even if this whole notion of breathing God's name is just a nice idea, after considering the possibility, the slow breath of my children as they cuddle on my lap takes on new meaning. I can't help but wonder "What if every time I watched their little bodies rise and fall as they sleep they are actually speaking the name of their Creator?"
Changes your perspective a little.

You can read about this more on The Rabbit Room. Jason Gray has written a song on this idea that is coming out on his new record called "The Sound of our Breathing" and can listen to it at the bottom of his post HERE.

You can also watch Bell's full video HERE.

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