Ezikiel 37: 5-6 God, the Master, told the dry bones, “Watch this: I’m bringing the breath of life to you and you’ll come to life. I’ll attach sinews to you, put meat on your bones, cover you with skin, and breathe life into you. You’ll come alive and you’ll realize that I am God!”
Although Ezikiel is a difficult book to understand, It has some of the best visions for hope in the entire bible chapter 37 having one of them.
Boy, I can say there have been many a season where my life has felt like a dried up pile of hopless bones. Well if I’m honest nearly all of the seasons before I came to Christ. I recall thinking daily: “What am I going to do with my life? Well, I guess the best thing I can do with my life is pick a path and make myself as comfortable and as much notoriety as I can. If I am remembered by the world I live in before I die, then I know my life will have been worth something. That’s how I will feel like I “made it” in life”
It didn’t go well. I worked myself crazy for a very foolish ideal. First off (as grim as it may sound) not sure why I cared so much about how I was viewed after I was dead… I mean its not like I’m going to check in on things after the fact, pop back in to see how the world is handling me gone. Secondly there are so many things that are out of my control that you end up trying to fit a square peg in a round hole and taking each of those set backs as a personal failure.
Once I started investigating the true message of the gospel I discovered for the first time what a new life really meant. It was a life free of worldly anxieties and burdens, that this life does matter but there is an entirely different reality waiting after death that will fulfill us in a ways this life never can. But for today we can have a new life, not a perfect one, but a life with an assureance that: yes things may be hard or feel lost, but your life is not an accident and neither are its expierences. We are all pieces of art in God’s ongoing collection. We are all slowly being worked and reworked into a new creation.