It is amazing how God steers your thoughts and actions if you are letting Him. The more I realize how unable I am to restore Emmaus, and how impossible the task is….God takes me to Ezekiel 37. I am sure that you all have heard the story, or at least the expression….but it is POWERFUL.
Ezekiel 37:1-2 – 1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones. 2 He caused me to pass among them round about, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley; and lo, they were very dry.
By the way…the symbolism of this story is amazing. First notice that the Spirit brought Ezekiel out. In other words, Ezekiel was spending time in prayer and petition to God on behalf of Israel….have you done that lately? Second…God lets us look at a situation to understand how impossible it is without Him. Then God asks the big question…
Ezekiel 37:3 – 3 He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord GOD, You know.”
So God says, what do you think Ezekiel? How impossible is this? And Ezekiel gives the only answer that is correct. “Only you know that one God.” And that is where I am with Emmaus…only you know God. You know that there are no resources (or at least none we can see yet), and you know that there are no employees, or salaries (or none that we can see yet)….in fact…I don’t even know if it is possible to feed the people that live there or pay the utilities…ONLY YOU KNOW GOD!!!
The rest of the story will come in the few days and months as God answers that question. But I know that the answer is “yes.” Because God is in the business of answering prayers of the saints. Betty Tyson is one of the saints. Not because she is so “good”…but because her heart breaks for the homeless and helpless. Because her heart breaks for the will of God. Because her one plea is for God to give her a few more years so that she can minister to the vets…and see some of the vision that God put on her heart.
Now if you aren’t encouraged by Betty Tyson…I don’t know who could ever encourage you. Yesterday, when I was looking at the hopelessness of the situation, I asked Betty to pray for me. And as she put her arm in mine and prayed…she was taking a walk to Emmaus with me. Not the Emmaus of dry bones, but the Emmaus that God has shown her. How often do you talk to God, and ask Him about the dry bones that are laying around you?
Find somebody like Betty Tyson…or better yet, get involved in the Village of Emmaus or the rest of the places that God is going to raise up to minister to the hurting…so that He can be glorified, and not us. Encouraged? Oh for crying out loud…you will be floored by encouragement.
Grace and Peace, Dan