A Second Wind
Then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
My initial response to this Scripture today is more an impression than an interpretation, but I find the allegorical lesson here to be deeply practical. Try this with me, friend. Read Genesis 2:7 again, not as an account of God’s creation of Adam—which it literally is—but as a depiction of God’s vision for your life today—which it practically is. And ask yourself: what got Adam off the ground and up to his feet? What enabled him to fulfill his divine vocation? The breath of God, right? Until Adam felt that heavenly wind animate his limbs and give purpose to his existence, he could do nothing. Sure, he looked well-built on the surface; no doubt he was still a work of art even as an inanimate object; but God didn’t form him to merely decorate the earth like an ornament on a Christmas tree. He gave him hands to craft and legs to walk and voice to speak and mind to reason, and Adam needed God’s wind in his heart to do all of that.
And so do we today.