Lifted Out of the Valley of Dry Bones

Loving the new view. I am no longer stuck in the Valley of Dry Bones. That part of the healing journey is finally behind me. A pure delight to read God’s word and realize some of what He has done for me. 

God has lifted me out of the valley of dry bones. There were years I never expected that I could live through the destruction my body had faced from chronic illness and disease. I have lived through all of the life-threatening events that were not medically possible. I tried to keep my eyes focused on Him, even when I could not see the outcome for myself.

The valley was deep, dark and painful, beyond description.

I feel solidly placed above it now, knowing that it is an unending process. I have been lifted above it and moved through that particular valley. It has been a slow excruciating process, restoring one cell at a time. Healing bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, arteries, organs, one slow cell at a time so I could grow and learn. I am grateful for life here on Earth. It has taken on a new meaning. The healing journey is no longer so painful.

I have grown, my faith has found new wisdom, new truths.

I just read these words today. I did not try to remember the context. I did not care what the history was surrounding this text. All I cared about, today, was the gratitude I feel for what God has done in me and to me through this healing journey. Today, I vividly remember the dark valley. I can still remember the pain of the dry bones. And I rejoice in the fact that He was faithful through it all.

The Valley of Dry Bones

37 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[a] 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.’” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.” ~ Ezekiel 37:1-10 NIV

Sometimes we have to see beyond the immediate valleys we find ourselves in. There are times that we feel cut off and our hope starts to dwindle. As we read God’s promises we can revive our hope and keep our eyes and hearts fixed on Him. The outcome is His, not ours.
I do not deserve to be one whom He lifted out of the Valley of Dry Bones. I am dust. Yet, I was chosen to heal in the manner I did.
Healing is a process. It comes in as many different shapes and sizes as there are people. As we heal our souls, our cells may take a healing journey we never expected. For some, this means life here on earth. Time to rejoice in being alive!! Thanks to our Living Lord.
May you find nourishment in God’s Word,
Maribeth Baxter, MBNC (Certified Mind-Body Nourishment Coach)
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