In his hand is the life of every creature, and the breath of all mankind.
This verse challenged me. It made me think of every person around me, those I know and those I don't, as all being within the hand of God. It made me realize that I don't normally think of people as being so dependent on God, like a coin in his hand.
Especially successful people, disciplined people, mature people, rich people. They seem to make their own reality. They are in the hand of God!
It also made me think about other things that we think are autonomous and strong, like companies and countries. Isn't it strange to think of Apple, with all their success and money and power, as a little coin sitting in the hand of God? Even more so, the countries that rule the world. Isn't it hard to think of them as something that could disappear in an instant?
Every breath is a gift. The power of men is so fragile. This is both disconcerting and comforting at the same time. Ultimately, it is good because we realize there is no true rest to be found in the power of men, and our true rest is found in God.
My soul finds rest in God alone.
I wanted to add here a good idea from my friend Brian about seeking God through putting ourselves in situations to encounter his word. This verse is a good example. For this verse you can run as fast as you can until you are exhausted and breathing heavily. Go somewhere where you are alone and lay on your back. Listen to each breath, and ponder what it means that your breath is in the hand of God.