Open the Grave and Get out of What I Dug Myself In
Give me a second while I try to gather myself.
Wow, this post is harder than I anticipated.
Guys, I'm going to honest (like I never am) with you all. I have been quite a trying season. I have been really focusing on myself and trying to understand how I came to the point that I currently am emotionally and mentally. Not just understanding, but I'm trying to objectively look at the messes I've made and figure out how to patch this thing I call my life back up. It's challenging.
'The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by his Spirit and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around them. There were a great many of them on the surface of the valley, and they were very dry. Then he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I replied, “Lord God, only you know.” He said to me, “Prophesy concerning these bones and say to them: Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Lord God says to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you will live. I will put tendons on you, make flesh grow on you, and cover you with skin. I will put breath in you so that you come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord .” So I prophesied as I had been commanded. While I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. As I looked, tendons appeared on them, flesh grew, and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them. He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man. Say to it: This is what the Lord God says: Breath, come from the four winds and breathe into these slain so that they may live!” So I prophesied as he commanded me; the breath entered them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, a vast army. Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Look how they say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope has perished; we are cut off.’ Therefore, prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Lord God says: I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them, my people, and lead you into the land of Israel. You will know that I am the Lord, my people, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I am the Lord. I have spoken, and I will do it. This is the declaration of the Lord .’” ‘
Ezekiel 37:1-14 (CSB)
God has been whispering this passage to me for some time and just now, just as I'm writing this post, have I been able to read. I've read this passage before. As one of my favorite passages, typically, Ezekiel 37 is what I use to feel empowered. But with all that I have on my plate, it hasn't seemed that I was as powerful as I used to think. I have been feeling weak lately. I know, I know! I tell you guys to be strong and hold it together. I'm the one that is always sending words of empowerment to you. But the truth...just like you, I need to remember who I am, what I am, and who I have on my side.
When God shows the dry bones to Ezekiel, he takes him away from everything. In fact, instead of just doing this in the physical world, God revealed this to Ezekiel through the intimate conversation between them. As I'm sitting here, God just reminded me how he has been creating situations (like inexplainable insomnia causing an inability to sleep) so that I can spend time with Him in His Word.
Then God does this really God-like thing throughout this passage. He tells Ezekiel what to do. The Lord says in a way only God can. He says to Ezekiel, " Prophesy (which is a command) concerning these bones[...]" and show Ezekiel that the power that dwells within the Lord can be shared with a mere human. God does this with the bones, the tendons, and the breath. Every step that God could've done himself, he gave Ezekiel the power and commanded him which was to show Ezekiel and us that indeed, God does value us. He appreciates us so much that instead of just being the father that tells you to do this and that, He chooses to teach us how to be stronger and powerful.
Lastly, verse 11 - 14 hit me hard. Where do I begin with this one? God heard Isreal. God knew the pain that Israel was feeling. He made the pleas of Israel personal and prioritized the crys of Israel even though chapters before explained how disappointed ( I'm using kinder words here cause we all know God wasn't having it) he was with Israel. He doesn't just tell Ezekiel that he will help them, but he explains how.
When Isreal dug their own grave and fell into the pain that they couldn't overcome on their own, God said, "I'm going to open your grave and bring you up from them, my people, and lead you into the land of Israel. You will know that I am the Lord, my people when I open your grave and bring you up from them. I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live and will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I am the Lord. I have spoken, and I will do it."
I'm not going say that God will swoop down and fix all that is hurting right now. As much as that sounds wonderful, it's not going to teach me anything nor is it going to show me how much I need the Lord. God is the ultimate professor, so I don't expect to get an A first time around in this season. Yes, I do believe that no matter the situation, God does hear His children. At the proper time he has indicated, the Lord does support us in getting out of the messes we personally created.
Rereading this passage, in the season that I am, I realize that because we are humans, we will have dry bone seasons throughout our lives. There will be times when life and the things we allow to happen will leave us high and dry. Though we must remember a couple things:
1| Spend intentional and valuable time with the Lord.
Prioritize your dates with the Lord because you are a priority to him. Get away from the noise and the people. Get away from the situation you are facing (or about to face). Let it be just you and God, no friends, no family. None!
2| You have power!
Oh my goodness, the power in you is ridiculously stronger than you can comprehend. God isn't going to leave you on your own to solve this mess by yourself. What do you take him for? Stop playing the 'whoa is me' game!
Purposefully listen to Him. If he hasn't given you the instructions yet (which can be the case sometimes) then God sure as heck has some guidelines to share with you to fix this so call dish you screwed up on.
You've got the tools, or they're scheduled to be delivered soon! If we all accept that Amazon can provide the items we order then you better believe that the tools God (who is better than Amazon; I hope I don't get my Prime membership revoked) has chosen for us are on their way.
3| God's got you!
Yes, boo let you down. Yes, mom and dad failed. Yes, you are reconsidering your friends. Yes, you screwed up. But you already know that you know that God's got this! God doesn't let you down, fail, reconsiders you, or screw up. It's the essence of God. He's perfection, and the only perfect being has your back! That grave was uncovered ages ago when Jesus declared victory. The grave that you've dug is nothing God can't claim victory over! He's got you, child!
What are you facing right now? Why do you have dry bones? Why are you doubting who God declared you to be? What grave did you create? You're not dead but alive in Christ. You can, and you will overcome. You've got this because He's got this!
I love you. God loves you. Remember what Christopher Robin said:
"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
Until next time…