The desert. An area so arid that no life form can exist. No water. No vegetation. No hope. Have you been there? Are you there now? I can relate. It’s a time when you feel so emotionally drained that you’re bent over. Wilted. Sagging under the weight of the world.
The desert can make your bones feel dry. Sometimes you feel like you’re crawling through the sand trying to find your way to something. You feel like you can’t breathe. Your lips are dried and cracked. If you could just have a drop of water. A drop of something to refresh and hydrate your soul. Your skin is rough and burned. Your blood feels like it’s boiling in your veins.
And yet God has a cure for this dryness. For this lack of life. For this lack of breath.
The Valley of Dry Bones… 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. Ezekiel 37:5-6
Do you feel like God has left you in the hot dry desert? Do you feel like he’s not with you in your greatest time of need? Do you feel like your emotional turmoil is like walking through hot coals? Do you feel like you’re drowning in your own salty tears? Discouraged. Confused. Without hope.
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Isaiah 43:1-2