Dry Bones

Ezekiel 37:1-14

So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath:[c] Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath,[d]and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.” 10 I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude. 

For centuries Christians have found meaning in this image of dry bones coming to life in the desert. In both our personal lives and in our communities we go through periods of time when we feel worn out, used up, and lifeless. One of the most important messages found throughout our scriptures is that God breathes life back into us, reviving us for new and unforeseen purpose.

And so often, the ways that God revives us are surprising. When we feel spent or used-up, it’s almost impossible to see the ways that God could do new things. But over and over again, believers find that God is able and willing to do new things. Even when we can’t see what purpose could be in store for us, God has a plan.