“The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. And he said to me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ And I answered, ‘O Lord God, you know.’ Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. ‘Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon 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.’ As I prophesied, there was a sound, and a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I looked, and behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them… and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet… I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live.” Ezekiel 37:1-8,10,14
Hard flat roofs, glazed with dew, glisten in the shade like hard hearts that resist offered water. Once the sun rises, the surface dries, bereft of moisture and inanimate. The bones Ezekiel saw were just as dry and lifeless. Yet in God’s masterful intent, He deigned revival, and told the prophet to speak His words of life over them. First a rattle, then muscles, and flesh, and breath, life into the lifeless was born in a spectacle that delights the imagination.
I can feel dry, energy-less, spent, uninspired. At times I am all dry bones. I know the Lord is near, with His fresh dew of life available, but until I open myself to His wonder-working power, I lie lifeless and remain spiritually arid. It is the God of grace and bounty Who builds, breathes, and opens my life to deep renewal. It is He Who rattles away my sloth and fatigue, shakes away what holds me down, and blows new life in by His magnificent word. (Genesis 2:7; 1 Peter 5:10)
What triggers dry spells? Are there habits or schedules that need to change in order for us to remain lively? How faithful, how consistent am I to drink in His word, and trust His presence to soak in, revive my soul, and become my life power?
“If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.” Romans 8:11
Lord of Life, Who raises the dead and gives them life, please renew my life today. May I ever know You afresh in ways unknown before. As You revive my body and spirit, may my every living breath rejoice and make You known. (John 5:21)