Pentecost Sunday is days away, and I had something happen a few weeks ago that brought this special day to the forefront of my thoughts.
Confession: I should not chew gum in public. I'm a chomping, snapping, popping gum chewer. It's not pretty! I try and avoid public gum chewing, but recently I was chewing gum in my preschool class at church when a child asked me what I was eating. (Yes, that's how bad my gum chewing can be.)
I told him that I was chewing a piece of gum. He asked me what flavor the gum was and I replied, "Watermelon." Then I proceeded to blow my breath on him to confirm the flavor.
My breath filled the air and the child gave a nod of approval, confirming the flavor truly was watermelon.
That sweet and innocent nod of approval brought to mind a beautiful scripture in John 20:22 about Jesus breathing on His disciples following the resurrection.
"Peace be with you. Just as the Father
has sent me, I also send you.”
And after he said this, he breathed on them
and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit..."
Another scripture about God's life-giving breath is found in Genesis 2:7 (NET).
and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life,
and the man became a living being.
It's God's breath on us that distinguishes mankind from the rest of creation. There was nothing special about my watermelon, gum-flavored breath, but when God is the one doing the breathing--there is life.
John 20 says, Receive the Holy Ghost. When the breath of Jesus came into contact with those in the room, it was a sure promise of things to come.
May the reality of the breath of God breathing on you be a constant reminder of the words of Jesus...Receive the Holy Spirit.