Wednesday, September 12, 2012

One of Those Days

It has become "one of those days." It started out divine - a crisp, bright morning was a gentle reminder that fall is quickly approaching. The glaring sun was rising majesticly to take its rightful place and begin warming up the chilly start to the day. But as the day has progressed, it has become apparent that this is "one of those days"... One of those days where Satan is determined to attack. One of those days when little things out of the blue pop up and creep in to steal my peace and joy. One of those days where it seems to keep mounting - one thing after another that each carry their own burdens but when compounded with one another, the weight seems unbearable. Devastation seems inevitable...

Ever have one of those days?!

The set of circumstances that utterly destroys your demeanor; the ordeal that leaves your emotions shattered; the devastating news that rocks you to your core; the compounded questions that alter your way of thinking; the kind of day that leaves you in ruins.

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?” Ezekiel 37:1-3

You're left to pick up the pieces, find peace and strength, and press on, despite the valley of dry, dead bones that surrouds you. What once stood as a solid foundation of faith now rests as what appears to be a mountainous pile of lifeless ruins. Anyone from the outside would call this heap of rubble a complete and utter mess. Something surely beyond the point of repair and certainly not worth trying to revive. And even as I stare at the massive destruction, I find myself asking how my own flesh & bone will survive.

‘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. Ezekiel 37:4-6

The dry bones are not just left to rot and return to dust. No, these bones will be revived; these ruins will be restored. Anyone else need to know that when you're destroyed, dry and dead the very God of the universe who spoke and created the heavens and the earth will Himself breathe His breath of life in you?! Oh shout hallelujah!!!

Today has been "one of those days" and despite the devastation, I'm thankful for it because it is a reminder that when I'm left down and defeated, dry and dead, my Sovereign Lord will bring me back to life. Glory!

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