He Has Everything Under Control
Breathing. We don’t think about it much.
In 2010 it was estimated that “on average, a person at rest takes about 16 breaths per minute. This means we breathe about 960 breaths an hour, 23,040 breaths a day, 8,409,600 a year. Unless we get a lot of exercise. The person who lives to 80 will take about 672,768,000 breaths in a lifetime.”
Breathing is a gift from God.
Genesis 2:7 says, And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
I began to notice I was having trouble breathing a few years ago. I thought it was just something that would go away. But when I mentioned it to my doctor last year he told me I have dystonia in my diaphragm. I thought, “Seriously, why do I have to struggle with breathing along with everything else?”
When I was age 3, I was bitten by a tick during a family vacation and contracted Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. My condition was misdiagnosed resulting in severe brain damage that robbed me of the ability to speak, walk, and use my hands. The doctor told my parents that I would recover within the year but that hope proved false. After many years of physical and occupational therapy, I did relearn how to walk and regain the use of my left hand but my ability to speak has never returned.
When I was 5 years old, my parents discovered that the brain trauma I experienced had led to the development of Dystonia, a condition which causes muscles to war against the body. I have learned to communicate with others through various communication devices through the twenty two years of living with dystonia.
God is in control
So, I have fought many battles to be where I am today. Now I struggle with breathing. It’s just another thing to add to the list of things I depend on the Lord for every day. I have a hard time exhaling more than inhaling. I take medication that somewhat helps, which is a blessing. Do I worry my breathing will get worse over time? Yes. I’ve thought about it. If it does, guess what? God will still be the same God in 5 years. Isn’t that amazing! I love how God will always be faithful when I’m not always faithful to Him.
Sometimes trusting the Lord with the small battles in our lives can be the hardest. Because we can “handle” the small battles in life—or so we think. What small battle are you trying to conquer by yourself? Are we willing to humble our hearts and ask for God’s help with small battles we go through day in and day out? If so, then. together we can claim Luke 1:37, “For with God nothing is impossible.” Surrendering our lives into His loving hands, believing He has everything — small and big—under control.