SPRING FORTH NOW
God grabbed me. God’s Spirit took me up and set me down in the middle of an open plain strewn with bones. He led me around and among them—a lot of bones! There were bones all over the plain—dry bones, bleached by the sun. He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Master God, only you know that.” He said to me, “Prophesy over these bones: ‘Dry bones, listen to the Message of God!’” God, the Master, told the dry bones, “Watch this: I’m bringing the breath of life to you and you’ll come to life. I’ll attach sinews to you, put meat on your bones, cover you with skin, and breathe life into you. You’ll come alive and you’ll realize that I am God!” I prophesied just as I’d been commanded. As I prophesied, there was a sound and, oh, rustling! The bones moved and came together, bone to bone. I kept watching. Sinews formed, then muscles on the bones, then skin stretched over them. But they had no breath in them. He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath. Prophesy, son of man. Tell the breath, ‘God, the Master, says, Come from the four winds. Come, breath. Breathe on these slain bodies. Breathe life!’” So I prophesied, just as he commanded me. The breath entered them and they came alive! They stood up on their feet, a huge army. Then God said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Listen to what they’re saying: ‘Our bones are dried up, our hope is gone, there’s nothing left of us.’ “Therefore, prophesy. Tell them, ‘God, the Master, says: I’ll dig up your graves and bring you out alive—O my people! Then I’ll take you straight to the land of Israel. When I dig up graves and bring you out as my people, you’ll realize that I am God. I’ll breathe my life into you and you’ll live. Then I’ll lead you straight back to your land and you’ll realize that I am God. I’ve said it and I’ll do it. God’s Decree.’”
Ezekiel 37:1-14 (MSG)
Watchnight is upon us, the time in which we transition from the passing of a year to a new one, from the realities of our experiences to what’s next. Although the reality of our experiences in 2021 caused challenges, some of which appear impossible to overcome, the coming of a new year provides an impetus for expectations for the greater and better. The problem that exists is we have been here before and the challenges have not moved and thus, dampens hopes for anything better or greater, creating a sense of weariness that leaves us bone dry, nevertheless, we enter the new year weary yet expectant. As you embark upon the year 2022, I encourage you to take the fragments of your hopes, expectations and Breathe: New Life! Struggling to Soar during 2021, with all of the challenges, has strengthen our lungs, therefore, despite the challenges and impossibilities, breathe; exhale the old and inhale the new, discovering new possibilities which points you to new opportunities to live victoriously. Your challenges may be the same and your impossibilities real, however, if you want new life in the new year you must confront those challenges, which at the heart are your fears. Remember, you have not been given the spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind. Reimagine Outcomes positioning yourself to overcome whatever is before you to gain your new life. Confronting your challenges empowers you to create new possibilities and out of those possibilities, seize your opportunity to conceive the new, your new life. Do not allow the reality of what is or what appears impossible to assassinate your expectations for a new life in 2022, seize the opportunity by confronting your challenges, creating new possibilities, and conceiving the new. Exhale and inhale the new; Breathe: New Life!