“He asked me, Son of man, can these bones live?”
For me personally I have always found Ezekiel 37:1-14 to be inspiring and challenging. However, what made it come to mind was a discussion with a friend and it made me realize how much we can apply Ezekiel 37 to our own lives.
So my friend came to me and shared that she thought her marriage may be over. She believed that she fallen out of love with her husband and that she was attracted mentally and physically to someone else. Now we hadn’t met for a counselling session in fact far from it. She is a friend at work and we have a regular coffee together so I was a little surprised at the topic of conversation.
However, it is at times like these that you realize that God has put you in that time and a place for a reason. Of course having been divorced and now incredibly happily married to my amazing wife, she came expecting me to say that it would be better for her to find happiness with someone else and support her decision. I didn’t.
I reminded her of how she had felt about her husband for much of the previous twelve years she had been married to him. I spoke to her of how I believe that my wedding day was the low point of my marriage rather than most people’s high point. Sound strange? Well hear me out. Too often the wedding day is the high point in a marriage and after the wedding day, comes the jokes about the ball and chain, suddenly your freedom is taken away, you can’t enjoy yourself and you rapidly age before each-other’s eyes while living increasingly separate eyes. I hope it doesn’t sound familiar but I fear it is all too common in modern society. I view marriage differently.
I have been married to my amazing wife for more time (just over 3 years) than I dated her for. With each day I get to know more about her and we grow as a couple, as new parents and in new roles in our work places and the Church. Every day I find her more spiritually attractive, more mentally attractive and more physically attractive than I did when I married her. Therefore everyday my marriage to my amazing wife gets stronger, gets deeper and takes me to places I didn’t believe possible after failing in marriage previously.
My friend was inspired by this because she saw so many things about her husband that she loves. She took my challenge to talk to him with full transparency. We all know that men are pretty simple beings. If you respect us, feed us and sleep with us then most of us will be very happy! She bravely took on the challenge over Thanksgiving and I praise God that they have now decided to work on their marriage, receive Christian counselling and make it work.
This for me is breathing life to those dry bones. Just like Ezekiel we can stand in a mall, in our workplace, in our school or so many other places and look into the valley and see bones on the floor. The Lord told Ezekiel to prophesy to the bones whereas we are told to go into the world and preach the good news.
As Ezekiel spoke he heard a rattling sound as the bones came together and form skeletons and then saw tendons and flesh appear on them. I believe that there are parallels for us in our everyday walk with people. Firstly, how people find us when they interact with us? Do they find our lives attractive and see the link between our life story and a relationship Jesus or do they see us no different from them? I John 2 tells us not to love the world and that we should love the will of God as opposed to the desires of this world. If we look like the world why would someone want to make their own commitment to Jesus?
However, if we are walking close to Jesus every day and we have the fragrance of Christ then people will want what we have. Now don’t get me wrong we won’t necessarily be attractive by material measurement. We will be attractive in our hope. We will be attractive in our consistency. We will be attractive in our faithfulness. We will be attractive because we are full of life. We will be attractive because we know our future, our future for eternity.
The Lord told Ezekiel that he would pour out His Spirit in them and that they will live and will settle in their own land.
We can all speak to the dry bones and we can breathe life into them through the Holy Spirit. In so doing the eternity of that person will be changed forever and that can lead to families changing and generations changing their eternity. The question is, are we ready to breathe life to the dry bones or will we leave that for someone else?
Yes Lord, these bones can live.
a simple follower