Bones. Reading from Ezekiel 37, “He sat me down in the middle of a valley of dry bones.” We know the feeling. Things get difficult and no matter which way we turn, nothing but dry bones.
But God was teaching the prophet (and us) a lesson. The question before Ezekiel, “Son of man, can these bones live?” When Ezekiel prophesied as God commanded, there was a great rattling sound and the bones came together. After a second prophesy, “breath” and “spirit” came and the bones lived again.
Ezekiel’s vision was explained in verse 11. “Our bones are dried up and our hope has perished”. Yet God proclaims, “I will put my Spirit in you and you will come to life, and I will place you in your own land. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken and done it”.
We are reminded that God is in control and able to do that which we think impossible. It is His power that makes dry bones live. It is His purpose that prevails. It is His promise that we cling to with all that is within us.
The celebration of the resurrection of Jesus is only three weeks away. Let’s be faithful to proclaim the Good News — dry bones can live again.