“In the evening when my bones are tired
You’re my strength and my heart’s desire
You’re the light when the sun expires
I remember how far I’ve come
I’m not lost with You I’m home
I didn’t find You on my own”
I was listening to one of my favorite songs on the way to work this morning — Everything Comes Alive by We Are Messengers — and I was reflecting on a sermon I heard on one of my favorite stories in the Bible — The Valley of Dry Bones.
In this story, God gives Isaiah this vision and commands him to prophesy to a valley full of human bones. Isaiah trusts God and does what he is commanded. The bones begin to connect and form bodies, then the bones become covered with tendons and flesh. Lastly, God breathes life into them and they stand to their feet.
This is one of my favorite stories because I can relate to it on a personal level. In my experience, I started out as the bones. Broken, separated from true life, and feeling hopeless. We have all been there at least once in our lives. I used to put my worth into a human relationship, which is never a good idea by the way. Ironically, the hardest times of my life are what brought me back around to God and closer than ever. Fast forward to today and I feel so blessed that I can now relate more with Isaiah than the bones! As soon as I began actually listening to and following God’s voice in my life, my overall quality of life has improved…even in times where my situation didn’t. Now I can focus on spreading God’s love to others so they can have the same joy and peace I do.
Thank God…literally…that He is so gracious and merciful. So many people only see the bad in the situation they are in — the “valley” if you will. They allow the enemy into their minds and they become convinced that their situation is some sort of punishment from God or that He has forgotten about them. Sometimes God allows us to be broken in order to rebuild us; and He always makes things even better than they were before. It’s like He takes us apart and puts us back together as an upgraded version. How many times have you heard people talk about the fact that they are who they are because of the trials and mistakes in their life? I’m sure you even feel that way yourself. In fact, I would say it is better to be raised from the dead than to never have died at all. What an awesome illustration, isn’t it? It truly is all about perspective. And Jesus…it’s always about Jesus in the end.
As soon as I began actually listening to and following God’s voice in my life, my overall quality of life has improved…even in times where my situation didn’t.
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”
By Emily Meadows