If you know anything about me, you know that I “geek out” over history. Thus, a while back, I listened to a guy named Donovan Webster on a podcast he hosts called “Hardcore History.” In this particular episode, he talked about taking a bunch of trains and buses to get to a remote farmer’s field in the southern part of Russia. It just so happens that in that spot, one of the biggest and bloodiest battles of World War II took place. In fact, at least two million people perished there, and this field alone had the remains of over 300,000 German soldiers. Because so many had died at once, no one ever bothered to clean up the bodies, so they just rested there, forgotten and abandoned. Well, as Donovan Webster proceeded to explore this eerie locale, though the ground was covered in snow, he could hear the crunch of bones under his feet, and it was a sober reminder of the lives that were lost. Though this gruesome sight is not something most of us will experience in our lifetime, in ancient days, it was an image that many people would have understood. Back then, as empires clashed against each other in battle, they often took their plunder and left the corpses of deceased soldiers “for the birds,” so to speak. In fact, this is exactly what God had in mind when He showed Ezekiel the vision of dry bones. As lifeless as those bodies were — and had been for many years — He proclaimed resurrection to them, and they rose up and became fully alive. This vivid depiction foretold what Jehovah was promising to do for Israel — His chosen people — after their time of desolation. But even more importantly, it tells of what He does for us today. As beloved children of Jesus Christ, the One who makes all things new, there is nothing in our lives outside of the reach of His redemptive power!
My friend, the dry bones in your life are full of divine potential. No matter how far beyond hope your situation seems, your soul is seated with the Creator of Heaven and earth, and His only Son is your source of constant strength. He is making everything come alive, and in Him, your victory is secure. Even if you don’t see it now, the goodness of God is working behind the scenes to fashion an outcome that far exceeds your mind’s ability to comprehend. He beckons you not to lose heart as you wait, and He offers a peace that surpasses understanding in the in-between. Keep your head up and continue expecting a miracle, for the One who promised is always faithful!