She holds on to the chains that wrap around her wrists and closes her eyes, taking another long and deep breath. A tear rolls down her cheek as the lies the enemy is telling her echoes in her mind.
You are worthless. You will never get out. You are ugly, stupid, and lazy. No one in their right mind would ever want to be with you. Just give up.
She releases her chains and lets them dangle from her wrists. “I can’t do this anymore,” she whispers.
A warm wind blows and she hears another voice. This one is quieter, softer, calmer.
Come to me.
She lifts her head to see where the voice is coming from. The valley before her—covered in dry bones—is vacant.
Give me your burdens, your fears, your everything. I will carry it for you.
“How can I?” she responds with hesitation to the empty, bone-filled valley. “I’ve done so much wrong and I’m just not good enough. There is no way out for me—all hope is gone.” Tears fall.
There is hope for you.
“There can’t be! I’m left here to die, there is no one here for me. Nobody loves me and I am completely alone! There is not a savior for me like there is for them.”
I am the Savior. I am here for you.
The tears kept falling. “But, I’m not good enough—“
Maybe. But I’m going to save you anyways.
Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones represent the people of Israel. They are saying, ‘We have become old, dry bones—all hope is gone. Our nation is finished.’…” Ezekiel 37:11
I imagine this is what goes on in the spiritual realm during times when I feel all hope has slipped away. But God is always there beside me—His voice stronger than Satan’s—telling me that everything will be okay. I just have to believe (Mark 5:36, Mark 9:22-24), trust (Genesis 49:18, Proverbs 3:5, Psalm 37:5), and have hope in Him (Job 11:18, Psalm 33:20).
“Therefore, prophesy to them and say, ’This is what the Sovereign Lord says: O my people, I will open your graves of exile and cause you to rise again. Then I will bring you back to the land of Israel. When this happens, O my people, you will know that I am the Lord. I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live again…” Ezekiel 37:12-14
Amy Kathleen – Making a Difference
Amy Kathleen is a seventeen-year-old homeschool, high school student who loves to read, write, sing, and play piano. She has a passion for the Lord and for all things writing, coffee, and worship. She recently moved from Minnesota to Arizona. Check out her blog at whengivenapen.blogspot.com