Dry Bones and a Thirsty Soul

Dry Bones and a Thirsty Soul

Dusty, cracked and void of any moisture, the bones lying in the valley Ezekiel peered across had no hope. How could something so dead ever live again? (Ezekiel 37:1-14).

Even the buzzards had given up on having another morsel of food from the stick-like remains lying on the parched earth.

Can these bones live? Ezekiel said, “O Lord God, you know” (v.3). God spoke and life returned to an impossible situation.

Do you ever feel as dry as those bones? When the obstacles of life say there is no hope we can feel like an empty well.

The busyness of life can steal our time with God. Moment by moment we put off reading scripture and talking to our Lord. Thoughts like, “I’ll get to that later, “I’ll do it before I go to bed” or “When I finish my work” keep sustenance at bay. After a few days, we can feel like brittle bones in the desert scorched from lack of nourishment.

When our body is dehydrated substitutions will not work. A soft drink, coffee or tea will not quench thirst. A starving body needs water.

Devotions and inspirational books are good but cannot substitute for getting our own insight from the Bible. A starving soul needs the water of life. Jesus said that all those who come to him will never thirst again (John 14:4).

Time stealers cause dryness. The remedy is priority. Knowing starvation will result in too much busyness can remind us each day to take that necessary gulp from the living fountain.

God spoke to the bones in the valley and flesh grew. Can a soul devoid of contact with the Lord live? Only when God speaks through His Word will life return to a thirsty soul.

Barbara Latta About Barbara Latta

Barbara Latta’s desire is to help others find intimacy with God through a deeper understanding of the power of the Word. She writes a monthly column in her local newspaper and contributes to devotional websites and several anthologies. Her first book, God's Maps, Stories of Inspiration and Direction for Motorcycle Riders was released in March, 2018 and is available at Amazon. She serves as Chaplain for the Word Weavers Madison, Georgia chapter. Barbara posts on her blog.


  1. It’s amazing how quickly we weaken without daily sustenance.

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