I wrote a blog for Buckner’s Faith Focus Blog. Enjoy reading it below!
As I woke up my first morning in Oaxaca, Mexico, to lead a Shoes for Orphan Souls mission trip last October, I started to prepare myself to lead our team through the sights we would come across. Brokenness is a permanent fixture around us. It can be our bodies, the family unit or the community we live in or drive through. Ultimately, all of humanity is broken, yearning to be healed.
Thinking through these things, I read Ezekiel 37, the third vision God gives and one of the most famous passages in the book. It is called “The Valley of Dry Bones.” As I read, my heart was stirred for the Lord by the work He is doing through Buckner as a minister of healing in this broken world. The vision tells of Ezekiel being led throughout the broken community—-think of orphaned children, natural disasters, people in need of humanitarian aid, lonely widows, lost souls, impoverished communities and broken families. The scripture speaks of the total hopelessness; it is even asked in verse three, “Can these bones live?”
As God and Ezekiel talk, God tells Ezekiel to prophesy healing through God’s words. The restoration seems pointless and impossible. Ezekiel’s obedience leads to the Lord saying: “I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the LORD.” (English Standard Version Ez. 37:5-6)
In Ezekiel’s obedience and by God’s mighty power, the bones come together; life comes into them and they stand on their feet as an exceedingly great army. As I read those words, I couldn’t help but think of all of the programs Buckner provides in the midst of brokenness—-Community Transformation Centers, forever families, after school programs, feeding programs, spiritual formation, job skills training and humanitarian aid. I was overwhelmed and thankful to work for an organization that is used as a breath of life into the broken things of this world. We believe the bones can live!
-Ashley Marble is a missions coordinator for Buckner International in Dallas, Texas.
Prayers of the Week: -God, we praise You for healing the broken people and places of this world. -God, help us to be obedient when you call us to step out in faith and do Your will.