A guest post today, by Lana Turner:
Ezekiel 37 has been one of my favorite passages for the past two years. It starts out…
The hand of the Lord was on 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 know God was talking about Israel, but I began to take this personally. I saw God taking my hand and walking with me and leading me through the valley of dry bones in my life…the mistakes I had made, the desert times when I was wandering and didn’t know where I was going. I began to cry, as it was so powerful and the spirit of the Lord was upon me.
“Can you make these bones live?” He asks. Ezekiel answers, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.” God then told Ezekiel to prophesy to the dry bones to hear the Word of the Lord and He would breathe into them and make them come to life.
I felt that God was telling me, Lana, pray over these dry bones, let them hear the Word of the Lord. I believed that God was telling me He would breathe new life into them. All the things I lost due to bad decisions, not following the Lord’s guidance, and doing things my way He could renew. He could breathe new life into those dry bones and then I would know without a shadow of a doubt that He is the Lord.
Every time I read this scripture I cry. It must be the Lord talking to me. Part of my tears are due to the fact that He loves me unconditionally in spite of all my dry bones and continues to want to breathe new life into me.
My hope is not gone. His spirit is within me and He will settle me in my own land. In other words, He will bring me peace and joy and will give me what the locusts have eaten. Then I will know that He has done it and He is Lord!!