First I want to start off by saying, "Happy birthday to rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. may he rest in peace. If you haven't seen the movie, "Selma," do your self a favor and go and see it. Make sure you take your children and grandchildren. They need to know our history. Talk about dry places and dry times. If you grew up during Jim Crow in the south, you knew just how difficult and hard life was back their for African-American people. Their hopes of getting our of the throes of segregation and discrimination was dim. But God is our champion and he raised up an earthly champion to go up against institutional racism, even at the risk and ultimate death of his own life and the lives of many others, both black and white. We will and can never forget your sacrifice Dr. King.
Yesterday I elaborated on the methods or suggestions on how to deal with the dry places of your life. I would like to continue in that same vain. I believe that "dry bones" feelings happen in most people's lives at one time or another., It is part of our human experience. Many people have problems at work that never cease, family demands or rebellious children, plans that keep changing and going haywire, bodies that ache and expand due to lack of exercise and menopause, all of these issues can create a dry bones condition. Life's unexpected twist and turns, extended and chronic illness, or the eruption of harsh criticism from a church member, or even our own stinking thinking, can also lead us into the valley of dry bones.
Dry bones feelings seem to go on and on during the dryness of the winter season, The lack of sunshine and the shorter days play with our psyche. It causes our lively spirits to feel some kind of way and leads to depression or weariness. When this happens our life can seem bleak and unproductive. The deadness in our spirit may not affect all parts of our lives. Perhaps this lifeless feeling exist in only one part of you. Nevertheless this is what we need to do: Ask ourselves these poignant questions.
How can I get through this day? What is missing in my life? What am I sidestepping or deliberately avoiding? Is three any action I need to take in order to get out of the valley of dry bones? Do I need to talk to someone a professional to see if I need some counseling or is this just a normal part of the process of going deeper, of discovering more of who I am. Is this something I must experience and accept, or is it something that I need to fight and get rid of, if I am to grow?
Our dry bones season may be calling us into a deeper realm of wholeness that the Lord wants to bring about. He may be saying, "Pay attention to what is going on around you. Look at people and situations that you have ignored. Stop running away from this reality that blocks your growth. If you want to see greater freedom, greater miracles, a greater anointing on your life, bondages removed and loved ones healed. you need to claim this part of what is going on. Stop blaming the devil!!! It is not always the devil. Sometimes I am He, who drives you into your dry desert season!"
Howbeit, In the midst of our dry bones experience, like Ezekiel, God speaks though the prophet. "Dry bones....I am now going to make breath enter you, and you will live." then God commands Ezekiel to say, "come from the four winds, breath; breathe on these dead, so that they come to life!" And "the breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet...." (Ezekiel 37:5, 9, 10). What a wonderful display and vision of the dry bones coming to life in that dead valley.
The very breath of God, God's very essence, is a symbol of life, a life shared with all believers. In many places in Scripture God is described as the breath of life. God is seen as breathing life into us, sustaining us, enlivening us, filling us back up with love, joy, peace and purpose. In Genesis 2:7 it describes God as breathing life into then human person.
When we are in a dry bones time it can be helpful to recall this gift. We can imagine God breathing life and strength into us. God helps us to create new life; we do not have to stay in the old pattern of feelings thoughts and behavior, When we wake up with that "worn out before the day starts" feeling, we can pause to imagine God lovingly holding us tenderly and breathing breath into our dead souls again.
It may not be easy to thing that God can restore and refresh a heap of dry bones. It may take some effort on your part. Reading God's Word will remind you that His Word can be trusted. The Spirit of God brings forth life. If you are a believer, you have the Holy Spirit as a witness, that He is a present help in the time of trouble. Being patient with ourselves is one way to do this. Another is to go beyond your own pain, to deliberately try to be a life-giver to another.
Remember, we must enter the valley of death patiently and with hope. Let us look for what or who has the Life-Giver in them for us. Stay away from negative people who only drain more of your life's blood and strength from you!!! Give yourself to the Breath-maker, the Life-Giver. Let us trust that this experience will draw you closer to God And if you are not a believer, my prayer is that you will reach out with your heart and invite Him in just for a chat about these words on this blog page today. He will come in and meet you right where you are. He is just that personal. and that is why I love Him and serve Him. To God be the Glory. Have a Fantabulous Day!!!
Don't forget to say your prayers!