“Dry bones, listen to the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says:
Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you live again!
I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin.
I will put breath into you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.”
Ezekiel 37:4-6, NLT
I am an extrovert by nature. I live my life at a high volume. Extrovertedness was always a way for me to stay in control of my life & my surroundings.
Over the past 6 years my family has encountered numerous miracles, but before they came, out of my control hardships met us 1st. For once in my life I became an introvert or I should be honest & say I became a recluse.
Due to my reborn walk with Christ, I was isolated from old friendships. Due to my then baby daughter’s medical issues I was isolated from playdates & outings with Christian friends I wanted to connect with. Being outgoing, I did what was very unnatural for me & I kept myself homebound in my “safe place.”
I found out a lot about me in this location of retreating. Initially, it started as a spot to arrive because I ran from the hard things surrounding my family. What happened was I ended up finding instead, an area to sit & hear the gentle whisper of God in my ears.
Over time my safe place from fear became a piece of holy ground. I was called into all of my Spiritual Gifts here. My husband & son found salvation from many prayers & tears offered here. My daughter became the recipient of miracles here- all from a place that started bad, I finally saw that God intended these things for good.
Through the sacrifice of hours a day studying, I learned The Ancient of Days wasn’t ancient at all. He’d crafted a love letter directly to me. That He desired me & wanted my heart to understand His plans for my family’s life reached far deeper than what my eyes could see on those long days.
Through the change of my prayers & a shift from asking to a time of praising, & from an empty time of just simply reading the Word & instead pulling verses to fill my emotions, I began to go deep. What I found in both of those methods was a God who I’d never been taught to love or know personally.
Praying His will & trusting it to completion was far more fruit bearing than any of my prayers with a selfish spin on them. Previously, when I prayed God’s will what I really meant was my will, then protection from anything that would cause my family to endure more struggling. I didn’t really want His will because that would cost me something ––to feel.
As I spent time with characters of the Bible, I realized how much of my life was sewn into their stories. These were regular people like me, who simply answered the call. They were obedient & faithful, while loving God completely. This didn’t mean they didn’t grow weary, sin, or make mistakes, it only proved that God uses the ordinary for the most extraordinary purposes, especially after trials.
In Elijah’s ministry I found reality. After a time of reliance on God, he was sent to a widow & her son in the village of Zarephath. His 1st instruction to her was she take what small amount of food staples she had on hand & prepare him a meal. She swears by his God she only has enough for 2 & had made plans after they ate the small amount, that she & her son would die. Elijah makes her a promise for more & she complies. Shortly after, his promise was fulfilled, but it was also followed by a terrible tragedy- her son fell ill & died.
A 2nd time Elijah promised her the miraculous. When God raised her son from death she said, “NOW I know you’re a man of God & He speaks through you.”
One miracle wasn’t enough for her. It took several attempts for God to prove that He was for her. She put Elijah’s needs before her family & shakingly trusted God in faith; faith that produced a miracle. I truly believe every miracle big or small, begins with an act of obedience.
The wonder may not always be in the outcome we assume, as much as it happens on the journey itself. God sent a truth bearer like Elijah to open the door for His plans, but 1st she had to open her door & let Him in.
Faith is the step between promise & assurance, if we’re willing to give in & trade our safe places for one that may be in the dark. God will always bring the light when we allow Him to control the switch.
Insight & Inspiration:
John 8:12, NASB, Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”
John 1:5, NASB, The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
Genesis 50:20, NLT, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.”
Where do you need to open your door & let God back in to supply your need? Is your faith currently yoked to safety vs. the discomfort of stepping out in obedience? Do you believe that God will work ALL things together for the good of those who love Him?