And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.
God’s second act of Creation was to separate the waters above from the waters below, creating our atmosphere and giving us room to breathe. God established these boundaries for our benefit – we’d suffocate without them.
While God separated the waters, making the perfect space for us to live and breathe, that space is still vulnerable to pollution. Toxic fumes and low air quality can make us sick in the same way that toxic emotions, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors can.
We use the air around us as a metaphor for these unseeable changes – “the air was thick with disappointment,” “you can cut the tension with a knife,” “the air is thinner there.”
Envy, greed, disease, disappointment, bitterness, unforgiveness, and fear can all thicken our air and choke out life.
Is the air you’re breathing thick with something not of heaven? Are there boundaries in your life that have slipped and compromised your air quality?
Ask the Holy Spirit to purify the air you’re breathing.
Psalm 61:3-5, The Message
You’ve always given me breathing room,
a place to get away from it all,
A lifetime pass to your safe-house,
an open invitation as your guest.
You’ve always taken me seriously, God,
made me welcome among those who know and love you.
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