I came across this dirty old lamp shade at a garage sale the other day. It set me back $1. Admittedly, I had no idea what I was going to do with it when I bought it, but it had good bones that spoke to me.
Good bones really are the key to seeing diamonds in the rough when looking at salvage items like furniture, knick knacks and especially houses. If you can see pass the outdated, ugly and dirty to the heart of the matter you will find many treasures.
These bones landed on my dining room table as a new centerpiece with a boat load of potential. I made a boxwood wreath at the base of my new “vase”. I plan on changing out the floral arrangement with a hurricane candle and other flowers. I can think of a bunch of different ways to use this set up.
“She has great cheek bones”
“She has the frame of a ballerina”
The truth is we all have good bones.
Bones unable to cast off the dirty rags that cover them, making them feel tired, unworthy and un-fulfilled. What once was on fire and alive now sits smoldering.
I have felt like the bones Ezekiel walked though in the valley God showed him. Dry, brittle, like I could crumble at a moments notice. I’m sure others saw no signs of spiritual life in the empty display I presented.
But just as God promises,
God breathes life into dead places.
He lays out his promise in this chapter of the Bible. A promise filled with abundant life, a new heart, a new home, a life cleansed. He covers us with a new flesh. God stirs the wind from the very corners of the Earth to blow life giving breath into our lungs. He enables us to stand again.
To stand when we feel fallen, clothed in grace when we feel disgraceful, clean when we feel dirty. This new breath can ignite a fire in the deepest darkest parts of your heart and give you the strength to carry on, stand firm and follow your call.
What is old and dead doesn’t have to be. It’s why I love hunting for junking treasures and it’s why I love the word of the Lord. God’s word is filled with promise. Open your bible today. Open to any page and see what promise is spoken to you. Let me know if your bones feel alive again. I pray they will.
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