#thirstythursday / old, dry bones scattered across the ground

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As I sat down at my tiny keyboard to write yesterday’s post about what makes us come alive, I kept thinking about the Lauren Daigle song, “Come Alive” (it’s linked below, btw).

Sometimes coming alive might be the furthest thing from our mind – especially when the current reality feels more like OLD and DEAD.

Lauren’s song reminds me there is more to come that we might not yet see. There’s a story in the Bible from the book of Ezekiel where God showed him a vision of old dry bones coming alive.

Ezekiel 37:1-14 Living Bible (TLB)

37 1-2 The power of the Lord was upon me and I was carried away by the Spirit of the Lord to a valley full of old, dry bones that were scattered everywhere across the ground. He led me around among them, 3 and then he said to me:

“Son of dust, can these bones become people again?”

Note: these aren’t people bones, ha! They’re animals in a desert. But, you get the point, right?

I replied, “Lord, you alone know the answer to that.”

4 Then he told me to speak to the bones and say: “O dry bones, listen to the words of God, 5 for the Lord God says, ‘See! I am going to make you live and breathe again! 6 I will replace the flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin. I will put breath into you, and you shall live and know I am the Lord.’”

Did you catch verse 5? God promises He will make us live and breathe again! Yes!!

7 So I spoke these words from God, just as he told me to; and suddenly there was a rattling noise from all across the valley, and the bones of each body came together and attached to each other as they used to be. 8 Then, as I watched, the muscles and flesh formed over the bones, and skin covered them, but the bodies had no breath. 9 Then he told me to call to the wind and say: “The Lord God says: Come from the four winds, O Spirit, and breathe upon these slain bodies, that they may live again.” 10 So I spoke to the winds as he commanded me, and the bodies began breathing; they lived and stood up—a very great army.

A very great army!! Can you imagine seeing this for yourself? Definitely a jaw dropping moment with no words.

11 Then he told me what the vision meant: “These bones,” he said, “represent all the people of Israel. They say: ‘We have become a heap of dried-out bones—all hope is gone.’ 12 But tell them, ‘The Lord God says: My people, I will open your graves of exile and cause you to rise again and return to the land of Israel. 13 And, then at last, O my people, you will know I am the Lord. 14 I will put my Spirit into you, and you shall live and return home again to your own land. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have done just what I promised you.’”

This story isn’t just for Israel. The entire Bible is meant to inspire us wherever we might be in our own lives.

If you feel like a bunch of old dry bones scattered all over the ground, there is still hope and more to come. God has the ability to speak to those dry bones and bring them back to life. The best part? Everything He does will help us to know He is the Lord and that He keeps His promises. Always.

 

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Through the eyes of men it seems there’s so much we have lost
As we look down the road where all the prodigals have walked
One by one the enemy has whispered lies
And led them off as slaves

But we know that you are god yours is the victory
We know there is more to come
That we may not yet see
So with the faith you’ve given us
We’ll step into the valley unafraid, yeah

As we call out to dry bones come alive, come alive
We call out to dead hearts come alive, come alive
Up out of the ashes let us see an army rise
We call out to dry bones, come alive

God of endless mercy god of unrelenting love
Rescue every daughter bring us back the wayward son
And by your spirit breathe upon them show the world that you alone can save
You alone can save

As we call out to dry bones come alive, come alive
We call out to dead hearts come alive, come alive
Up out of the ashes let us see an army rise
We call out to dry bones come alive

So breathe, oh breath of god
Now breathe, oh breath of god
Breathe, oh breath of god now breathe

Breathe, oh breath of god
Now breathe, oh breath of god
Breathe, oh breath of god, now breathe

As we call out to dry bones come alive, come alive
We call out to dead hearts come alive, come alive
Up out of the ashes let us see an army rise
We call out to dry bones, come alive

We call out to dry bones, come alive
Oh come alive

Come Alive (Dry Bones) by Lauren Daigle

 

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4 comments

  1. Starr – our youth praise team sang this song Sunday at church and our youth leader told about how she felt like dry bones after her father passed away and how this song brought her back. Amazing.

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