Thought for the Week: Oxygen

Oxygen: you can’t see it, you can’t taste it, you can’t feel it, but it is essential to life. Something that was all too apparent in our news in the last week, with first a submarine on the bottom of the ocean floor running out of air and then the news of thousands of people in India dying through lack of adequate oxygen supplies.

The air that we breathe sustains us, but how often do we give it a second thought?

How easy it is to take for granted something that is necessary for our very existence.

Something that we only take notice of when we don’t have it!

Breathing is a miracle that we don’t stop to think about very much, unless we find ourselves gasping for breath. We do it between 14 to 18 times a minute without even giving it a second thought. Just sitting down in a chair our lungs take in 6 litres of air per minute. When we’re working hard, doing intensive physical labour or having to make a quick sprint down the road to catch the bus, we can take in more than 90 litres.

Just think of the wonder of it. How our lungs expand and the oxygen essential to all our organs and cells gets replenished by our blood stream without us even noticing. Take a moment to ponder on that.

The breathing in of air is far more than just a bodily function. It enables us to be who we are. As the Old Testament book of Job in chapter 33 verse 4 says “The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”

Let us never again take the air and oxygen that we have for granted and let’s also remember that we need to thank God for every breath we take.

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