I need life breathed into dry bones. Life breathed into dry and dusty places.
I cannot exist in The Wilderness as dry bones. I will not live where there is no laughter, joy, peace, or life.
I am sharing a favorite passage of Scripture today, Ezekiel’s Valley of Dry Bones found in Ezekiel, chapter thirty-seven. Why? I live in The Wilderness of chronic illness, an illness that does not have a cure. I live with dry and brittle bones, aching every moment of my days and nights.
I do not care to spend my days in grim severity or bitterness. I choose to live them fully, stewarding well the story God has given me. Do I think I am a superhero? No! Am I more spiritual than the next person? No. I am broken and needy, searching for beauty in every breath. Searching for God in the moments of my days.
“The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by his Spirit and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around them. There were a great many of them on the surface of the valley, and they were very dry. Then he said to me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’
I replied, ‘Lord God, only you know.'” Ezekiel 37:1-3 (CSB)
According to commentaries, the dry bones represent the whole Jewish nation. However, the point of this event is to affirm, with God all things are possible. The bodies lacked life. What brings life?
“Prophesy concerning these and say to them: Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Lord God says to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you will live.” Ezekiel 37:4-5 (CSB)
His breath. His breath brings life.
“When Ezekiel spoke the living word of God, the breath from God entered the dead bodies and they lived and stood to their feet.” Warren W. Wiersbe – Be Reverent: Bowing Before Our Awesome God
“I will put tendons on you, make flesh grow on you, and cover you, and cover you with skin. I will put breath in you so that you come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.” Ezekiel 37:6 (CSB)
Ezekiel continues to prophesy as God instructs, as he does, there is a rattling sound as the bones come together. I get chill bumps every time I read these words. I imagine my rattling bones, the popping and cracking that comes with movement. I want the breath of God deep in my soul, deep in my bones. I desire life. I choose life. I accept His breath, His Spirit living in me.
God breathed life into Adam. Adam, formed by dust, brought to life by the breath of God. (Genesis 2:7)
“The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” Job 33:4 (CSB)
“The heavens were made by the word of the Lord, and all the stars, by the breath of his mouth.” Psalms 33:6 (CSB)
Just as God breathes life into man, He breathes the stars into place. He breathes life into our dry and dusty places. Our brokenness. He gives life in the unholy hard.
“The fellowship of God is delightful beyond all telling.” A.W. Tozer – The Root of the Righteous
The fellowship of God is my delight, my heart’s desire. I cannot move through the wilderness any other way.
Wherever you may be today, I pray you turn to Him for life. I pray you open your heart and the broken places to His breath. I pray that I continue to seek Him, to find Him, to live joyfully, peacefully, in this life, through Him. I pray for you as well.
Gifts of Grace
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I’m blessed to serve you in this place, to share with you the Gifts of Grace as I journey through the wilderness. I picture you across the table, hands wrapped tightly around your cup, sharing life, and laughter, and tears. As I share with you, my daily struggles, I long to hear what yours may be. You can do that by commenting below or reaching out to me here.