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Dry

It was heartbreaking for Colts fans and for football fans in general. Last year during a preseason game an announcement came from the field that Andrew Luck was going to retire. I think there were a lot of tears shed by many Colts fans. Personally, I didn’t care; I’m a Bears fan and we have enough of our own problems. The question was why would Luck retire at such a young age? He had so much talent and a great career ahead of him.

The speculation was that he was burned out. He had played football most of his life, he had just come back from a very painful injury, and he had lost his love and passion for the game. In short, Luck had dried up.

Have you been there? Have you gotten to the place in your life that you were just done? There was just no more gas in the tank. It happens in so many facets of life. It happens in our jobs, school, and it even happens in marriage. The other aspect of our life that burnout can happen is in our faith. You know what I ‘m saying. You’ve been serving in the same position for a hundred years. It really doesn’t seem like anything is any different than day one. You haven’t had any new ideas or vision for your ministry for at least fifty years and you are now to the place of being dry and burned out. So, what do you do? You have a couple of choices. One, you could quit. Sure, just throw up your hands and cry out to the world that you give up. Better yet cry out to God that you are done, and you quit.

That is one choice, but there is another way to go. It all begins with what we really desire in our very souls. There must be this spark in us that cries out, “NO! I will not give up. I will not quit. I will go to Jesus because He is still in the business of reviving the broken and dried up hearts of man.”

The Lord asked this question of Ezekiel in chapter 37, “Son of man, can these bones live?” This question was asked after Ezekiel had been given a vision of dry bones. Now we know that these dried up bones represented Israel. They had gotten so far away from God there was the question if they would ever be able to get back to Him. Yet, the truth of the power of God does not change whether it is a nation called Israel or a follower of Jesus in a small town in Indiana. The God of Creation is to command the dry bones to come back to life. He did this for Israel, and He wants to do that for us.

Here is a beautiful text that I want to leave you with. “I will put sinews on you, make flesh grow back on you, cover you with skin and put breath in you that you may come alive; and you will l know that I am the Lord.” (Ezekiel 37:6) My friends, I do not know where you are today or what you are going through, but the Lord God does. If You belong to Him you are never alone, nor are you ever without hope. Cry out to Him today, ask Him to once again breath into your dry bones and then you will know that He is the Lord.