The Valley of Dry Bones…

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Ezekiel 37:1 The hand of the Lord came upon me (the prophet Ezekiel), and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.”

This is a very famous passage from the bible. The Valley of Dry Bones. If you’ve been following along through Ezekiel you know that the Israelites were in exile at the time of this writing. They had been unfaithful to God, who had withdrawn his protection from them, resulting in their defeat by their stronger neighbors.

The image is one of a defeated, dead army left unburied out in the open. After the animals are done feasting on the corpses, and the rest decays, there is nothing left but bones. They are completely devoid of life. It’s a startling image really.

But God declares that he will bring his people back to life.

You don’t have to be dead to be dry, you know? There have been seasons in my life when I’ve felt completely empty, usually due to fatigue and/or exhaustion. You can only drive yourself so hard before you break down. For me, that often looks like illness. My physical body will manifest a deep fatigue that goes down to the bare bones. It’s hard to be helpful to others when you’ve got nothing in the tank yourself.

The name of this blog is “Fuel for the Journey”. You know why? Because when I started this blog I was in one of those seasons – empty. And though I know the source of life and vitality is the Lord, when I’m really tired, I’ll often stop doing my daily scripture reading and prayer – a discipline that gives me life. It makes no sense, but it happens.

Are you dry today, dear sister/brother? Are you trying to give to others when your own tank is on E? If so, let these words minister to you:

Thus says the Lord God to these bones: “I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.”

Heavenly Father, let it be so. Amen.

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