The Rescue Inhaler

The Rescue Inhaler

There is a new policy being put into place at the hospital where I work.  Those of us who work on the financial side will be required to start wearing dress clothes to work.  Being that my closet is full of scrubs, I needed to start shopping.  As a woman who tries to live frugally, I headed to the local Goodwill for their half price day.

As I walked into the store, I was clearly a woman on a mission.  However, as an asthmatic, I quickly realized I had entered a dangerous place.  While I was going through the racks of clothing, it was becoming increasingly harder to breathe.  The scents of the numerous laundry soaps which had been used on the clothing, along with the body scents of the previous owners was overpowering.  I quickly reached for my rescue inhaler to ease my discomfort.

I saw some spiritual insights to be gained from this experience.  In a spiritual sense, we can be overwhelmed by the “scents” of this world.  For instance, we can watch television shows that portray murder, violence, and immorality.  We can watch as Hollywood mocks Christianity.  The music we listen to can get deep into our spirit.  If we aren’t careful about what we listen to, we will find that it can deeply affect our thinking.  As an asthmatic struggles to breathe in an unhealthy environment, Christians can struggle to have the breath of God breathing through us when we aren’t faithful to be in His Word.

While at Goodwill, I was seeking to find clothing that had been worn by someone else.  In a spiritual sense, if we aren’t careful to nurture our spirits, we will find that we are dressing ourselves in the dirty, stinky clothing of this world.  Some examples of this clothing are anger, rage, bitterness, envy, lust, selfishness, greed, and jealousy.

When we find we’ve taken on the clothing of this world, just as I reached for my rescue inhaler, we can reach for Jesus.  He is our Rescue Inhaler.  As we inhale on Him and His Word, our spiritual breath will become refreshed, renewed, and restored.

Do you need to reach for your spiritual Rescue Inhaler?

© 2011, Stacy R. Miller


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