- Religion and Philosophy
The Sigh of Contentment - The Christians Relaxing Breath
The Christian's Sigh
I sigh. My mother sighs. My grand-mother sighed. My mother-in-law sighed. My grandmother sighed with vocals and so did my mother-in-law. I can still hear my grandmother's "hooty-hooty-hooty-hooty-hoo" as she exhaled a long, long breath. My mother-in-law's was a shorter, "Whew!" My mother's are very frequent, but usually without vocals. Mine are a mixture, sometimes purposely mimicking my grandmother's.
I've thought a lot about sighing and am very aware of mine. To me, a sigh is a good thing and more like a punctuation mark at the end of a pleasant sentence.
I read somewhere that it boosts blood oxygen levels. I would also guess that it releases endorphins. All I know is that it makes me feel good. It's very relaxing.
I also read that it's a quick way of handling life's struggles. Some people sigh because of feelings of sadness brought on by loneliness and desperation, or because things just aren't going as planned in their lives.
The sigh that comes from a christian should always be a sigh of contentment. There should be no sighs of despair, worry or sadness. If things aren't going as you thought they should, sigh. God knows what's going on and has it all under control. Isaiah 55:8 reminds us "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD." If feelings of despair begin to creep up on you, sigh. Allow God to give you a peace that passes all understanding (Phil 4:7). If you begin to feel lonely, sigh. Remember he will never leave you. He's right there beside you (Hebrews 13:5). Enjoy his company. If situations in your life leave you feeling helpless, sigh. Hebrews 13:6 says, "The Lord is my helper."
Christians, let your sighs be with contentment. Let them be after a battle well fought or after a good deed, or at the close of another day spent walking with Jesus.
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33.