The lectionary readings called my attention to Ezekiel 37:1-14. I love the story, not to mention the song.
So how about the song?
There’s a specific point I want to call attention to. Notice how God provides Ezekiel with very specific instructions as to what to prophecy, first in verses 4-6, and then following up specifically to the wind/breath in verse 9.
Now God certainly could have said these things directly to the bones or to the wind. Could have, but didn’t.
What God actually did is act through Ezekiel. The event takes place not when God gives the instructions, but when Ezekiel carries them out and makes a proclamation.
There are so many things one can get from this passage, but for today, let me say just this. God likes to work through people, through human and other natural agencies. (Remember Balaam? Why didn’t God just send an angel and allow Balaam to see? God used a donkey.)
We depend on everything from God, but sometimes what God is doing is providing you with the opportunity to be the agent of what you hope for.