We’ve all been there, that point where we reach absolute exhaustion then all of the sudden it happens; we catch our “second wind”. This is something that has happened time and time again in many of our lives as we do everyday routine things. It’s probably one of the most refreshing surprises we experience as adults. Being given this strength from out of nowhere to complete whatever task is at hand, is a pretty cool feeling. The majority of us can relate to this second wind in regards to doing something physical, although it happens in all aspects of our life, even our spiritual walk. In fact, those of us who accepted Jesus in adulthood can think of that time as receiving our second wind.
I remember I was going to church and playing on the praise team yet I was still living for myself and all of my own desires. My wife would confront me about this dual lifestyle often and it was during one of these confrontations that the Holy Spirit spoke to me through her. “You cannot serve two gods Fernando!” Now she had told me this before, but by this time my body was so exhausted from a lifetime of my self-destructive ways that it couldn’t fight back and I felt my spirit agree with the words that left her mouth. I froze as the words left her lip. I knew, I knew it was time to either be all in or all out. I was all too aware of what the world had to offer me, but I had had enough. The only thing I could clearly think about in that moment was how badly I not only needed, but wanted Jesus in my life. That was the moment the white flag of surrender flew. That was the moment I caught my “second wind”. Immediately I was re-energized, fresh, and ready to take on this crazy world. As I came to this one story in the scriptures it hit me. This wasn’t just about me catching my breath so to speak, but it was me receiving HIS breath. Ezekiel 37:4-5 reads:
“Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.”
This was exactly what had happened. I was dead, dried up, nothing more than bones. Bones in a valley of bones! He, my father, my sovereign King, breathed new life into me. It was not only an example of His grace and mercy but an example of how we can speak new life into our own children.
This world eats up strong men and women on a daily basis now try to imagine what our kids have to endure. I have three stepsons ages 13, 14, and 19, and some of the things I’ve heard from them have left me shocked and appalled. I think back to when I was their age and, to be honest, I would’ve buckled under all these stresses and temptations. This world leaves them just as exhausted and in just as bad shape as us, if not worse as I was. Check out this powerful illustration; back to Ezekiel 37:13-14
“Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.'”
Not only does God give us new life but He helps us reclaim what was intended to be ours (“Your own land”). Our words can do the same for our kids. Lift them up from the valley of bones, breath (speak) new life into them, and see them to their calling (Their Own Land). Our kids are exhausted, tired, some are broken, tattered, some are torn. Let’s not be another voice among a sea of faces adding to the chorus of negativity. Let’s be a breath of fresh air for our kids. I challenge you to be that “Second Wind”.