“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 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 37:1-6, NIV).’”
Ever look at yourself and wonder “What happened…? How did I get here…?” If so, you’re in good company. Many have asked those questions; a few have even gotten answers.
What happened…? There was a time when you were vibrant and full of energy. Now, you do the minimum to get through the day and pray no one calls attention to the change. How did I get here…? This question dominates your thoughts. You back-track over the days, weeks, months and years hoping to pin-point the exact event that caused your decline. Instead of getting you to an answer, it has become an exercise in frustration.
You may be experiencing “burn-out.” People who are disciplined, driven, goal-setters and achievers can encounter periods of burn-out, or fatigue–a sense of being worn out and tired; drained, void of strength. It is not a sign of failure. It is an indicator of a need for revival. A pitcher can only remain full if nothing is ever poured out of it. Therefore, every time there is pouring out there must be a refilling. Otherwise, the pitcher will be empty and of no use to the thirsty or dehydrated. An empty pitcher is not helpful to anyone.
When you are fatigued, or completely empty, this is the time to look to God for a refilling. God may use a sermon, a song, a friend’s encouraging word, even a tragedy to breathe new life into you (see above). You do not have to remain in an empty place. Acknowledge your need for revival and experience a refreshing–a second wind. Let the breath of your Creator revive you…again. -Ryland
Closing prayer: Giver of Life and Captain of our souls: We have given out, but not up. Breathe on us and revive us…again. Because You formed us, You know us. Restore to us the joy of our salvation, and cause our dimming lights to shine bright…again…! In Jesus’ name we pray, believing the things we ask we already have. Amen.
First published March 24, 2011 as FB Note