“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 said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”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 these 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.’”So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. 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.’” Ezekiel 37 : 1-14
I’m glad I decided to listen to God and do a word search for “sovereign” in the bible, it led me to this passage and it ministered to my very soul. I feel as though God has set me in the middle of a valley and I keep going back and forth. I don’t see dry bones all around but I see it within me – my knee and other things. Life and restoration enters it and then it gets snatched right back, I try to do my part by listening to what God says but it leads to pain or what seems to be the wrong thing. Couple weeks ago, I woke up from a nap and its as if I heard God say “you’re closer to your healing than you think”. I felt some healing over the weekend and then pain returned on Monday – why? What does this mean? How do I trust a voice when I’m not even sure im listening to the right voice, if im following the right voice why does my situation just seem to get worst instead of better? That verse that says “Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone.” is what im feeling at the moment, I feel silly trusting that this voice im listening to is God’s voice because my circumstance screams I shouldn’t follow since its not helping.
So currently I’m in the valley of dry bones but I believe this is only temporary, this is where the Lord will speak tenderly to me. He will breathe life into me and these bones that I call dry, he doesn’t see my bones that way, they’re already healed to him. He will restore my soul, give me new hope – I will soon stand on my own two feet, I will not grow weak or weary, neither will I stumble or fall. He’s shown me the plan he has for me and what he said will be fulfilled, it will not return void.
” He trains my hands for battle, my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You make your saving help my shield, and your right hand sustains me; your help has made me great. You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles don’t give way.” – Psalm 18:34-37