So Autism Awareness Month is winding down, and I wanted to remind you guys to breathe.
I needed this reminder one Sunday morning when everything was going wrong. My pastor had to unexpectedly go out of town and didn’t have time to get everything ready. I was on the worship team and we were on crunch time; it was kinda crazy.
Everyone was stressed out, and with my autism I am sensitive to people’s emotions and sometimes will take them on myself. This can lead to me getting overwhelmed and having a panic attack… and that’s exactly what happened. I panicked and I couldn’t breathe! I felt like I was going to die.
Later that day, a song came to my mind… Breathe by Jonny Diaz. The chorus goes,
“Just breathe, just breathe
Come and rest at my feet,
And be, just be chaos calls
But all you really need is to just breathe.”
We all need this reminder every once in a while… I need it almost daily. If everything is chaos, we have an anchor for our soul, so we can take a minute and breathe.
Also, that goes to tell you that we all need to take some time every day and just breathe Him in.
The bridge to the song says,
“Take it in, fill your lungs
The peace of God that overcomes.”
The Bible says in Genesis 2:7 that after God formed Adam from the dust, He breathed the breath of life into Adam’s lungs. He gave His breath so that we can live and He still does!
Breathe in His peace, take time to stop, and just breathe.
Hannah Benson — known for her big heart, her kindness, and her eagerness to serve — is the author of the Overcoming Autism blog.
Hannah was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 14, and now uses this media platform as a way to reach out to those living with Autism and other handicaps. Hannah shares tips and coping skills for those with Autism and for family and friends of those who have been diagnosed; she also relates her life to stories in the Bible and chronicles the lessons she’s learned along her journey.
Hannah Benson can be found on Instagram @hannah_benson94 or on Facebook on the Overcoming Autism Hannah’s Story.