My brother just recently retired after a lifelong career as a captain for USAir. Due to scheduling conflicts and a cash flow issue, I was not able to attend the official retirement party they held for him.
I really didn’t want to miss out on celebrating this milestone in his life, so I decided to surprise him during a recent trip he made to my sister’s house in Lubbock. It was so sweet to see the look on his face when I got out of the car to greet him at the airport.
The little family celebration my sister put together was really sweet. Great food and great family time.
Spores, only found floating in the Lubbock air, began attacking me at a high rate of speed. It’s like they knew my time there was limited, so they threw everything at me in one single instant.
We had no sooner finished dinner when I had a headache that settled in right behind my right eye. My nose closed up like someone had poured cement in my head and I swear my eyes were bulging out of their sockets. I began popping allergy pills like they were candy and sniffing peppermint oil like crazy.
This little escapade lasted the entire weekend. Resulting in clogged ears, stopped up nose and extreme difficulty in breathing. Which left me longing for home and afraid of my flight back. My poor ears!
At one point in the weekend my brother asked me how I had lived there for so long. My response, “I guess I didn’t know I felt bad because I had never felt any other way.”
When I got home and was reliving my story with a friend she reminded me of a saying…
I chuckled as mentioned it. For some reason that little phrase attached itself in my head and just stuck around – swirling through my mind the rest of the day. Prompting me to revisit a previous Bible study we had done on maintaining our own atmospheres.
I then began wondering how many people are actually stuck in polluted and toxic environments because they are not aware of how bad they actually feel. How many of us are living in a fog of exhaustion because we are striving to produce something good out of bad air?
I know my allergy attack is not unusual. I have heard of others who have had to relocate because the air they were breathing was toxic to their systems. Their systems so affected that it severely altered their quality of life – some even to the point of death if they didn’t make a move!
How is it possible so many of us would rather stay in a place/situation/relationship, so toxic that it could eventually kill us? Yet, we do it all the time.
Through all of my contemplating I found some relief in two of my favorite scriptures. They have always been life verses for me, but I now see them as a prescription for a healthier way of living. Kind of like spiritual allergy medicine.
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). John 10:10 (AMP)
For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. Jeremiah 29:11 (AMP)
Christ came that we could have life to the full – overflowing! He came so that we could have an enjoyable life. If we are constantly feeling like things are being destroyed or stolen, we need to take a step back and evaluate our atmosphere. Has the enemy invaded and polluted what we’re breathing?
Father has a plan for us that is beneficial to our welfare. A plan that provides for peace and hope towards a future that does NOT include evil (bad air). So, if you find yourself feeling stifled by chaos and uncertainty, take a step back and evaluate your atmosphere. Don’t allow the fear of making a move paralyze you from being able to breathe fresher air.
If you find yourself feeling weighed down, foggy and dull, always looking for a place to just sleep it off, or in a constant state of avoiding; swallow those scripture pills, as often as needed; with a healthy glass of Living Water. Remove yourself from any environment that is allowing the pollution in the air to attack, and allow yourself to breathe in the fresh air of the Spirit.