It should not be overlooked that what the prophet Ezekiel saw was devastating, discouraging, and to be frank – hopeless! The backdrop of this encounter was one of great weariness for the nation of Israel. They had been in captivity for their own sins for a long time now. They lost their land, their king, and their temple! Every single day they looked at their enemies oppressing them and the dreams were a distant image in the past.
Now, the prophet is taken to a valley that is full of dry, dead, and parched bones. The question the Lord is asking the prophet is a difficult one to wrestle with when we are staring face to face with a hopeless situation. “Can these bones live again?” We have the privilege of understanding the rest of the story, but when you are living out the story…you don’t. That’s why we call this walk – faith. (more…)
Picture yourself on a journey. Maybe it’s hiking through the mountains or a desert road. You are trying to navigate your way to a destination that in your mind will be better than where you left. Now, imagine you come to a place with many options to choose. It’s the proverbial, “fork in the road” we’ve always imagined.
We like options, but sometimes options can be overwhelming. Do I take the high road or crooked path? Do I take the path less traveled with weeds and bushes overgrown on the once traveled trail? Is the path straight ahead been purposely cleared for me or will it turn out to be just like the path I left? After all, I left for an adventure, didn’t I? (more…)
Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people. Luke 2:52
There is a tension we experience in knowing who we are in Christ and who Christ is in us. This “now, but not yet” tension keeps us digging, discovering, and determined to find more. We experience this naturally when we read a good book or movie. Tension keeps us interested, awake, and longing to find out more. Tension is the strength that holds everything together. (more…)