Then the pastor gave me the answer I needed. She didn't answer the question my child asked, but rather the question my heart was seeking. "How did this relate to my life?"
Each of us has periods of "dry bones" in our lives. Times when we feel helpless, depressed, lost. Times when we can't see the blessings of life. Some of these "dry bones" times are mild, some seem more severe. Regardless, God is telling us to tell those dry bones that He alone is Lord, in charge of the blessings of life. Through Him, we can once again rise up out of the dry desert.
I found it interesting that our pastor also chose 1 Corinthians 12: 4-13. This passage talks about the gifts of the spirit. Although we have different gifts, together we all make up the Body. We can't all be a hand, otherwise the body cannot stand.
One statement the pastor made that stuck out in my mind is, "The body has what it needs to heal." Sometimes it's our own body (and mind) that needs to heal. Other times it's the Body, whether in our own little congregation or in the whole world. I am reminded of the song many of us learned as children, "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands." Indeed He does!
Some other points from the sermon, using these two somewhat contradictory passages to support each other (my own paraphrasing):
- Set your mind on your strengths (gifts), not your weaknesses (dry bones)
- If you focus on your weaknesses, the highest score you can get is a zero
- Strengths spawn more strengths
- You need to be aware of the unhealthy parts (dry bones), but focus on the healthy (gifts)
Skeleton picture found here.