Valley of Dry Bones

“The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD, and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “O Sovereign LORD, you alone know.”” Ezekiel 37: 1-14

I’ve been in that valley! Where everywhere around me was nothing but dry bones, very dry bones. It was my family… my daughter was in pain, she was lost and we were letting her pain cause our lives… our relationships to suffer. It was truly a world of dry bones, very dry bones! Whenever we talked it was anger, hatred, yelling, pain, and it spread throughout our family… those dry bones.

I went for a walk one night in the park and lay down on the field and cried. I cried for it to end, I cried because it was a burden I could not bear. I cried out to the LORD that I was done, I couldn't do it any more.

Ezekiel 37:4 “Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them. Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! This is what the Sovereign LORD says to the bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.”

I came home that evening a hurting broken man. BUT, I came home that evening vowing to love… to love myself, to love my wife, to love my son, and even… yes, even to love my daughter. It wasn’t me! I couldn't do that on my own, I would have given up! It was my tears that the Holy Spirit... that GOD made these tears give me life as they hit my dry bones.

It wasn’t like in the movies – a smooth, wonderful path from there, but when there is love… all is possible and we walked out of that valley, maybe not in step, but we came out of that valley together. There is no doubt in my mind that GOD IS in my life. There is no doubt that GOD was with me in the park and GOD was with us as we walked out of the valley. There is no doubt that everything I have, everything I love, everything I need comes from GOD. NO DOUBT, NO QUESTION… it’s from GOD!

Ezekiel 37:14 “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 the LORD have spoken, and I have done it, declares the LORD.”

If you are in a valley… if all you see or all you feel is dry bones… please know that GOD is with you! Let the tears flow, let them wash you clean, let them flow freely over your face and down your body… let the tears flow and know… know deep in your heart that GOD loves you…yes… but know that GOD IS WITH YOU! AMEN!

Precious Father, Loving God, Holy Spirit I pray for those I love; every man, woman, and child on this earth. I especially pray for those LORD in a valley of dry bones… I pray for all of us to feel your love and your presence. AMEN.

Jim Dietvorst

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1. Julie wrote:
Thanks for sharing your trip out of the valley with us! God is Good! Amen

Fri, May 21, 2010 @ 4:40 PM

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