Catching a second wind

Voices of Religion

Posted: Friday, February 02, 2007

Have you heard the term “and then I got my second wind?”

I am not a physician, but I know what a second wind is. It is what’s needed after you first step onto the dreaded running track and within two minutes you’re out of breath — one minute for us geezers.

There are two ways to remedy the problem. You can stop running and walk it off, or you can keep going until you get your second wind.

Evidently the lungs need some time to get over the shock they receive as you start out to do a sub-four-minute mile.

Second wind can also affect us in other areas. Sometimes a new job or location can blow into our lives like a fresh second wind.

Perhaps we are cresting the half-century birthday hill and wondering if there is going to be a second wind.

I think God specializes in breathing a second wind into our lives. Examples are Abraham and Sarah being promised a child when the Bible says, “... and him (Abraham) as good as dead,” Hebrews 11:12.

Peter received a second wind shortly after the crucifixion while fishing on the Sea of Galilee. Paul’s second wind blew him off the Damascus road.

Sometimes a second wind might look like an act of grace or a second chance. Onesimus was a worthless runaway slave of Paul’s friend Philemon. Paul identified Onesimus as, “once unprofitable, but now profitable,” Philemon 1:10. Paul asked Philemon to take Onesimus back into his home.

What we don’t know about a second wind is when it is going to come. All we know is that when we are going along and tempted to give up, if we keep going, it usually comes.

I do know that being in some kind of shape helps. Spiritually speaking, are you in the kind of shape that finds your second wind? In other words, do you just give up when things get hard, or do you find the inner strength to keep going and find a second wind?

I have found that “when I am weak, then I (in Christ) am strong,” 2 Corinthians 12:10.

Just as important as getting a second wind, is what we do with it. My feeling is that I have a responsibility to make the most of every opportunity, and especially second chances or a second wind.

If God has blessed you with a second burst of energy and strength, make the most of it. Don’t let the second wind go to waste.

It may be time to make sure you pass a good spiritual baton off to the next generation. Maybe it is time to join the church mission trip to Peru, teach a class of godly seventh-grade boys or start a small group.

Maybe God is gifting you with a second wind that will enable you to fulfill some of the dreams and desires you have had for a long time.

Take some time to ask God what he would have you do, then unfurl the sails and catch the next wind.

Jim D. Duncan is pastor of Peninsula Christian Center and Matrix Church, on the Kenai Spur Highway two blocks from the Soldotna “Y.” Sunday services are at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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