A group of my former male camp staff were known for taking spontaneous trips. They always came back with great stories filled with ineptitude. Individually, they were some of the brightest minds I have ever known. But on these trips all intelligence seemed to drift away.
This morning as I read the story of Ezekiel in the valley with dry bones, I thought of this group and their trip to the Grand Canyon.
Without much forethought, they decided to hike down the canyon to the Colorado River. Halfway down they ran out of water. The only available source of water was the Colorado River. So they continued to hike and drank from the river without anything to purify it. Not one of them considered the possibility of getting giardia, a common sickness from drinking parasite filled water.
The group was now confronted with a critical decision. Lack of drinking water would make a daytime hike extremely difficult. Lacking camping gear made the cold night unbearable to stay. So they decided to climb out of the canyon in the middle of the night without a flashlight. Trusting only their night vision and quick wits to guide them along the steep trail.
This trip is an example of how easy it is to follow the most enjoyable path only to find ourselves in a place of desperation. It’s a condition many people experience today. Somehow through the course of living, they find themselves in a spiritually dry and empty place.
God told Ezekiel to prophecy the word of the Lord to bring dead bones to life. The word of the Lord still has power to bring dead things to life. It’s why I began these Ordinary Voices devotions and podcast. To help people spiritually dry people find new life. I pray you are finding life through them. (Ezekiel 37: 1-10)