He says give Me your dry bones, stumbling feet, stone-hearts, darkened eyes. Give Me your hard-of-listening ears, your doubting spirit, your weary hands. Give Me your tired out and thirsty lives.
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.” He is the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for Him?
He is the God of never-too-late. He is the God of here and now, the God of every tomorrow. He is the God of second chances, of life out of death, of beauty from ashes. He is the God of rivers-in-wastelands and trees springing up in the desert.
In Him brittle and desolate bones find life again, dry bones begin to dance. Feet dragging through dust start to run without growing weary, those tired feet walk and do not grow faint.
Let Him have the heart broken and barricaded, hurt and hardened. He will replace it with a heart alive in fresh mercy, in perfect love that has no fear.
Our blind-to-His-way eyes will see and our distracted ears will hear, if we are brave enough to step out of our noise (oh, there is so much noise I make for myself) and wait in His presence.
God here with us, Emmanuel, this is my offering: a willing heart and my mustard-seed (I believe; help my unbelief) faith.
And this is what I ask- to be renewed and transformed, with the mind-of-Christ — for this is our hope, the power of our God in us.
He is the weak-becomes-strong God, the praise-becomes-our-song God, the mourning-and-weeping to dancing-and-joy God.
He is the God who breathes, both gentle and fierce, new life into our aching spirits. His joy infuses new strength into our hands, our feet, our souls.
Please breathe into me, here and now. Let the flame of Your Spirit flourish bold and bright within my heart.
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
(Passages from Isaiah 40:28, Jeremiah 32:27, Matthew 19:26)