“God grabbed me. God’s Spirit took me up and set me down in the middle of an open plain strewn with bones. He led me around and among them—a lot of bones! There were bones all over the plain—dry bones, bleached by the sun.
He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Master God, only you know that.” He said to me, “Prophesy over these bones: ‘Dry bones, listen to the Message of God!'”
God, the Master, told the dry bones, “Watch this: I’m bringing the breath of life to you and you’ll come to life. I’ll attach sinews to you, put meat on your bones, cover you with skin, and breathe life into you. You’ll come alive and you’ll realize that I am God!” I prophesied just as I’d been commanded. As I prophesied, there was a sound and, oh, rustling! The bones moved and came together, bone to bone. I kept watching. Sinews formed, then muscles on the bones, then skin stretched over them. But they had no breath in them.
He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath. Prophesy, son of man. Tell the breath, ‘God, the Master, says, Come from the four winds. Come, breath. Breathe on these slain bodies. Breathe life!'” So I prophesied, just as he commanded me. The breath entered them and they came alive! They stood up on their feet, a huge army.
Then God said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Listen to what they’re saying: ‘Our bones are dried up, our hope is gone, there’s nothing left of us.’
“Therefore, prophesy. Tell them, ‘God, the Master, says: I’ll dig up your graves and bring you out alive—O my people! Then I’ll take you straight to the land of Israel. When I dig up graves and bring you out as my people, you’ll realize that I am God. I’ll breathe my life into you and you’ll live. Then I’ll lead you straight back to your land and you’ll realize that I am God. I’ve said it and I’ll do it. God’s Decree.'” Ezekiel 37:14 (The Message)
This is one of those passages of scripture which makes my spirit “flutter.” My definition of flutter is …a feeling inside my soul which feels like butterfly wings do when you try to hold one in your hand. It is a mixture of excitement and hope.
There are two different reasons for “fluttering” when I read these verses. The first one is because years ago I lived in the valley of dry bones. During that time my marriage was struggling to survive, finances were tough, and my self-worth was at an all time low. While in the valley, I tried to wear the mask of perfection. Everything in my life was strewn across the wastelands. Yet, I didn’t want anyone to know what my marriage was really like or how I truly felt about myself. So, I wore a pretty good mask! Smiled and laughed while outside the home. Yet was walking around dead; just like those dry bones. I had lost all hope and what I envisioned of control; while in the midst of seeing my marriage disintegrate.
God showed up then. First He showed me who was really in control, and it wasn’t me! Then He said to me “Watch this daughter: I’m bringing the breath of life to you and you’ll come to life. I’ll attach sinews to you, put meat on your bones, cover you with skin and breathe life into you.” My friends, He did! 🙂 He breathed life back into my failed marriage; once again my husband and I became one flesh. And in the process of restoring our marriage, He restored my soul and my self-worth. He breathed life back into me. Little old me! My hope and joy were renewed. I was set free. Free from wearing my mask, liberated from thinking I had to control everything & everyone around me and unconfined from the Valley of Dry Bones.
The second reason this passages makes my soul “flutter” is because I have seen God do the same in others, as He did in me. There are so many living in the Valley of Dry Bones. And God has blessed my life by letting me witness Him whispering into those dry bones….”Breathe Life!”
My eyes have witnessed addicts become free from the chains of drugs, alcohol and pornography. Chains which have held them back for years. Held them back from the man or woman God planned for them to be. Yet, God can and does show up. And when He does the lives of these people start to rattle, and then Jesus attached grace and forgiveness as God breathes life back into their souls.
It has been my pleasure to watch young women overcome the lies of the enemy and realize that they are daughters to the King of King and Lord of Lords. Daughters made in the image of God. Through that realization God “breathes life” back into their dry bones and set them free from eating disorders, body image issues and/or the effects from sexual assault.
God can breathe life back into those who are living in the Valley of Dry Bones. He brings us out of our graves. Graves in scripted with: Bad Marriage, Divorcee, Addict, Anorexic, Bulimic, Sexual Assault Victim or whatever else your grave might read. As those graves open up, God offers us forgiveness, grace and healing. Slowly then, He breathes life back into our souls.
Are you living in the Valley of Dry Bones? What does your marker read?…. Do you hear it? …. I do. I hear a rattling sound; a rustling sound….God wants you up out of your grave! He is ready to breathe life back into your lifeless soul!