Rise Up and Live – Ezekiel 37
By Laurie Short
Have you ever felt “dead”? Like you are just walking around going through the motions in life? Maybe a little like Charlie Brown’s teacher? You remember:
Then suddenly, God wakes you up.
Maybe you look up and see the stars. Or see a sunset that makes you speechless.
Maybe you have a health scare that has you on pins and needles. Or you read a sentence in the Bible that plunges into your heart. God has reached out— and brought you to life.
That’s a little like what happens in Ezekiel 37.
I am no Old Testament scholar, so I don’t have a complete understanding of what’s happening here, but I love this chapter. I think it illustrates how God wakes us up.
The prophet Ezekiel is told to preach to a valley of dry bones, when suddenly (and I sure would have loved to see this), those bones wake up! They rise.
First bone to bone, then tendon to tendon. Then flesh and skin. (Thankfully). And finally—breath.
It must have been a sight to see, that valley of dry bones coming to life. But it wasn’t the first time.
Look back to Genesis 1. God spoke, and life happened. The earth and sky. Plants and trees. Fish and birds. You and me. His very word called forth life. And today, it still does. We see it in every baby’s first cry. And every soul that’s awakened.
The Word says Rise up and Live.
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Laurie Short (formerly Polich) is a speaker, associate pastor, and author of fourteen books for students and youth workers. This year, she’s releasing her first non youth ministry book, called Finding Faith in the Dark (Zondervan, 2014.) The subtitle is “When the Story of your life takes a turn you didn’t plan,” which is a pretty good description of Laurie’s life. Single for 48 years, Laurie married and became a mom in 2009. (Her stepson was six when she married). Her experience with singleness, marriage and (now) motherhood allows her to speak to women on a variety of levels.
Laurie is passionate about God’s word, and hopes this site will help women uncover new insights from familiar (and not so familiar) passages of Scripture. She has a Masters from Fuller Seminary, works part time at Ocean Hills Covenant Church, and balances the rest of her time as an author, speaker, wife and mom. (Don’t all women have five jobs?) LauriePolich.com.