Ezekiel 37:1-3 “ 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. 2 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. 3 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
Restated: Never underestimate the power of God to create life out of lifelessness (Pastor Kathy)
There it was sitting in the back of the closet. Its uselessness was evident by the cracked and torn plastic zipper bag it had been placed in with a layer of dust gently resting upon it. You know, one of those forgotten things that was created with some purpose in mind yet never used, stuffed in the back of a closet and never really thought about again. I often wonder what would have happened if all those pieces had just remained forgotten pieces, one day to be thrown away and discarded without any use or purpose.
Instead, the Spirit moved, had its being and decided to intervene. God’s nature took over and what God did was breathe life into lifelessness. Upon investigation of the closet, she lifted the bag from the darkness into the light of the room. Inside its cracked plastic encasement, she could see multicolored squares, and rectangles of a multitude of knitting patterns as if someone had practiced a tune with many different notes in it but it didn’t really make a song.
The bag showed up at our prayer shawl ministry meeting. “These have been sitting in the closet forever. Anybody want to do anything with them? If not, I guess they’ll go back in the closet.” Now, this was a prayer if I ever heard one! How many times are we that way with God and the life God has given us? God you gave me this over here but I’ve been keeping it in the closet because to me it just looks like an old bag full of unrelated knitting squares that don’t go together so, I don’t think I’ll do anything with it because quite frankly, it seems dead to me, no life, no purpose!”
“I’ll take them!” I said without a second thought. “I know my mother in law can make a beautiful shawl out of those!” God began to breathe life into that old forgotten bag of knitted squares. God was creating purpose for my mother in law by creating what seemed like a bag of “nothing” into something that would enhance the quality of life of another human being. It would be prayed over and given to someone at a local hospital for their comfort and care.
Can these dry bones live? Can God breathe life into lifelessness? God can take the pieces of your life that have seemed useless, hiding in the back of a closet, place them together beautifully and breathe life into those pieces, making them into something you can’t even imagine for God’s purpose. The scripture talks about a valley, but not a valley where you stand alone! It’s a valley where the Lord’s hand is upon you and the Spirit of the Lord brings you out, tenderly puts the pieces together and breathes God’s breath of life into them. God’s promise: “ I will put my Spirit in you and you will live!” (Ezekiel 37:14)