I first came to faith, when I was about ten years old.
I remember being firmly of the opinion that God was not real; after all, if God made us, then who made God? But then one night I had a dream. In that dream, God performed a miracle and healed me of a broken leg. I saw God act and when I awoke the next morning, I firmly believed in God.
“The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones.2He led me all round them; there were very many lying in the valley,
and they were very dry” Ezekiel 37:1-2
In our first reading, Ezekiel is brought by the spirit of Lord to a valley full of dry bones, he is encouraged to ‘prophesy’ to them and they come alive. Was this a vision, a dream or a temporary reality?
The fact is that God spoke and Ezekiel listened. God said:
“I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken and will act,
says the Lord.’” Ezekiel 37:14
It would take me much longer to fully come to faith, in fact not until my late 20’s, I came from a very spiritually dry place. But since that time I have seen miracles, I have known the very real presence of the living God, come to know Jesus not just as an historical figure but as a companion, and I have seen the power of the Holy Spirit at work.
As Paul put it, the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead lives in us. We can and should expect to see his Spirit at work in us, in others, and through the church. God will act, let us open our eyes to see him do it.
With every blessing
Rev Stuart Huntley, Rector