What are those moments when you are gripped with emotion and are left feeling breathless?

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 Is it the beauty or power of nature that takes your breath away?

Standing on the shore as the Pacific ocean waves crash against the rocks.

Watching the sunset as the sky fills with red, yellow, and orange hues.

Walking down a beautiful tree lined lane when the Fall foliage is in full color.

Standing on a mountain top gazing across the valley or on the rim of Grand Canyon gazing down into its depths.

Watching as the snow gently falls creating a blanket that quiets the neighborhood.

Hearing the roar of the thunder as a storm rolls in.

 Or is it when you experience a moment of pure joy and love?

 The groom seeing his bride come down the aisle ready to give her all to him.

Seeing a baby born and hear it cry for the first time.

Holding your newborn child in your arms for the first time.

 Or have you ever been left breathless by a piece of music?

 That moment when a beautifully orchestrated piece of music swells to a peak of joy!

Or when the sound of soft jazz soothes and quiets the soul…

All this leaves me breathless and so much more. We were created to be breathless in the presence of true beauty, power, joy and love. Most of all we were created to be breathless in the presence of our God. What grips me with emotion and takes my breath away most often is God Himself and the power of His Word!

“And God said, ‘Let there be light, and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. God called the light day and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning – the first day.” (Gen 1:3-5) The first… day…ever! God spoke light into existence. Deep breath…

“Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls them by name. Because of His great power and mighty strength not one of them is missing.” (Isa 40:26)   Not one star is missing and He calls them all by name. Deep breath…

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) eternal life! Deep breath…

God created us to be breathless before Him. When you read about Him and His love for you, does it take your breath away?

We can let familiarity rob us of the powerful emotions we are meant to experience. Familiarity with the sunset, or a beautiful song, or even the knowledge that someone loves us can leave us indifferent if we do not daily see them as amazing gifts from God. Familiarity with God’s Word should only bring us into more intimate relation with Him. If you find yourself reading John 3:16 with a sense of boredom, maybe it is time to go back to the beginning. Read Genesis 1, then move forward to Job 38-40, then read Luke 2 and finally back to John 3:16. And don’t be surprised if you find yourself a bit breathless along the way!