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Today’s Truth

“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.”

Ezekiel 37: 4,5

Friend to Friend

I sat on my porch with my Bible in my lap and a hot mug of steamy coffee in my hand. Early morning is my favorite time of day. Just me, Jesus, and a smattering of birds.

I closed my Bible and looked out across the backyard. My eyes landed on a rounded mound of fur nestled in the grass under the willow tree.

I got up and moved in for a closer look. My heart sank as I discovered what appeared to be a curled-up baby fawn lying lifeless in the grass. Probably the same fawn my neighbor had seen nursing from its mom the day before. My heart broke. I understand the circle of life, but still. A baby fawn lay dead in my yard. Most likely the target of the coyote I’d seen roaming around.

I couldn’t get close enough to see the wound. Sometimes that is the way of things.

I did get close enough to see the sunlight passing through the velum-like ears, the intricate spots on its back, and the Bambi-like eyelashes resting on a perfectly shaped snout. I would have to wait until Steve got home to take care of the situation. I didn’t have the nerve.

All morning long my mind returned to the lifeless form lying in the sun. Hours passed. At noon I looked out of the window and the still fawn remained unmoved. Untouched. Undisturbed. I couldn’t stand it. I had to know what had happened to it. So I mustered up my courage and made my way to the fawn. Three feet away. Stop. No signs of an attack. I inched closer.

Finally, I knelt down by the beautifully crafted creature, admiring God’s handiwork. But I couldn’t see what had killed it.

“What happened to you, little deer?” I whispered.

Suddenly, the fawn’s head popped up! Startled eyes stared at mine…wide-eyed. Me like a deer caught in the headlights. The fawn simply caught. I fell back on my haunches! And time stood still for a moment as we stared at each other in disbelief!

Finally, the fawn sprang to its feet, wobbled a bit, and scampered off like a drunken sailor. I sat in the grass and laughed, and laughed, and laughed. So the fawn wasn’t dead after all. It had simply found a bit of grass and fallen asleep…until almost noon.

After my heart stopped pounding in my chest, God spoke to my heart, Sometimes things are dead, and sometimes they just need to be woken up.

I pondered those words for the rest of the day. I called a friend who was struggling in her marriage—in a very bad way. The sort of way that leaves you wondering if it will survive. I told her the story.

Sometimes things are dead, and sometimes they just need to be woken up.

Sometimes a marriage is dead, and sometimes it just needs to be woken up.

Sometimes a friendship is dead, and sometimes it just needs to be woken up.

Sometimes a dream is dead, and sometimes it just needs to be woken up.

I think of how God told the prophet Ezekiel to speak to the valley of dry bones. “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 37:4-6 (NIV)

I imagine Ezekiel felt pretty silly talking to those dry bones. And honestly sometimes I feel pretty silly obeying God and speaking life into the dry bones of some of my situations.

So here’s my word for you and me today.

For my friend struggling in her marriage…

For my friend who cries for her adult son who walked away from God…

For my friend who longs to cuddle up with a good husband rather than a good book…

Don’t assume the dream is dead. Sometimes it just needs to be woken up. Don’t give up too soon. 

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, wake me up! Stir my heart. It’s not over till You say it’s over. I commit to continue to pray for what others deem as a lost cause, for I know that there is never a lost cause when it comes to Your power to save, to deliver, to redeem, to rebuild.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Read the verses in Ezekiel 37:1-10.

How do you think Ezekiel felt when God told him to speak to the dry bones?

What would have happened if Ezekiel refused, telling God that it was a lost cause?

Is there anything in your life that you feel is a lost cause? If so, what is God saying to you through today’s devotion?

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7 Responses to “When a Dream Dies”

  1. Donna says:

    God’s timing is so perfect. At almost 70 I had given up on my dreams. But God this morning told me NO. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  2. Norma says:

    Thank you for this encouraging message as my husband of 14 years left me 25 days ago and i am by faith speaking to the dry bones of my marriage to come alive!

  3. Kathye says:

    Ohhhhh so good. When reading the key verse I could not guess where you were going with this. I love it. An inspiration. Thank you.

  4. Gail says:

    What a confirmation this was for me! Earlier this morning I was praying for a family that has been plagued with physical health problems, to the extent that one of their adult daughters is in a wheelchair and wasting away because she can’t eat. As I prayed, this very verse came to mind! I had never prayed this verse over any situation before, believing it is a prophecy about Israel. But when the Lord put it on my heart I prayed with it
    To read this article today was so uplifting!! God is amazing! And I feel like all those “hopeless” situations are covered under that verse now!! Praise God!!

  5. Dawn says:

    This so spoke to my heart today. I’ve questioned my dream so often, it doesn’t even feel like a dream anymore. There are so many reasons the dream feels “dead” to me, but I’m praying today that the Lord will revive it, if—and only if—the dream is from Him. Thanks, Sharon.

  6. Linda says:

    A lost dream,a lost love. Strenght to go the distance. Peace not fear.

  7. Rebecca Jones says:

    I have been thinking about this lately myself. I used to sing a little song with children about it. I was raised in Atlanta, moving out a ways, I was tortured by seeing deer run over, I was always calling about them, usually to no avail. I literally had to put it out of my mind, including the tiniest little nose that lay beside they highway.Sharon, my tear bottle is full. I loved your story, it is a beautiful reminder how His rest lets us sleep, and His love wakes us at the right time. Thank you for this.

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