Barely Breathe


Ask the Father to help you stay near the cross every day, and ask Him to help you to always remember how He much loves you.

“I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” -Galatians 2:20 (Amplified Bible)

Tortuous crucifixion knocks the wind out of me—I can barely breathe; The weight of my body suspended by my arms results in chest pains—such misery. My pectoral muscles are paralyzed; breathing is difficult—my strength wanes.
I can inhale, but to exhale I have to push on my feet and straighten my legs; That action releases the immense pressure pulling on my arms and chest… Oh… but the pain this brings to my nailed feet is excruciating torment;
But as I blink away bloody sweat, I think of you, my friend—every moment.

I feel the weight of all of your sins bearing down on my body like a flood; I know I have to endure the cross and the shame while they shed my blood; While gasping for every breath and suffering such anguish just to exhale again; I AM doing this because my love for you is more than you can comprehend: I AM the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father—Immanuel, God is with you! While I AM fighting for every breath, I AM exhaling my last words of truth: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” (Luke 23:34  NKJV)

Father, help me to stay near the cross today, and remember how You love me. Amen.

Written by Tim Picki

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