“I See Dead People”

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I loved the movie, The Sixth Sense. The acting was superb. The plot was unique and suspenseful. It’s one of those movies that must be seen twice.

Bruce Willis’s character was a psychiatrist trying to help a little boy, played by Haley Joel Osment, through the fear of his gruesome visions of dead people. The boy is troubled by the dead who beg for his help in avenging their untimely deaths. The suspenseful story ends when the doctor realizes that the only reason the boy can see him is because he himself is DEAD, a victim of his own set of tragic events.

The Old Testament prophet Ezekiel saw dead people, too. God showed him a valley full of dry bones. God asked Ezekiel if these bones could live. Wisely, the prophet answered, “O Lord God, you know.” God instructed Ezekiel to tell the dry bones that they were going to be fitted back together, grow flesh and skin, and breath again. As Ezekiel talked to the bones (Seriously?), they joined together to form whole skeletons. Flesh and skin appeared on the bodies.
God had more for Ezekiel to say. After God’s instructions, he then told the four winds to blow their breath inside these bodies. Ezekiel wrote, “Breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.” (Ezekiel 37:10 ESV)
Like Bruce Willis, I didn’t know I was dead in comparison to the life I could have been living. I had grown up in church, attended Christian schools, and was taught all the right answers. I thought I had a healthy faith in God. I could think and talk and pray, just like Willis had conversations with Osment. I was active in church. I had repented of my sins. God planted a kernel of life in me when I asked Him into my life. I just didn’t know what to do with it. I didn’t know there was more LIFE available than what I had. 
Enter pain. Pain that made me want to quit church. I still believed in Jesus, but if church people did ______, I thought I would be better off seeking Jesus without them. I searched through all I had been taught, discarded the empty traditions, and came away with a better understanding of God’s truth. I felt so free!! How had I let myself be weighed down with dry, dusty teachings that were nothing more than man’s tradition??? With the weight of traditions aside, we found a healthy church where we healed for a season.
My pile of dry bones reassembled into a skeleton….the kernel of life was sprouting. 
Enter more pain. The pain of knowing your husband has a brain tumor. The pain of watching your husband recover from brain surgery. The pain of having to handle everything alone, because your life partner can’t. The pain of watching yourself fall apart under the stress. The pain of feeling alone. The pain of feeling like you are failing everyone.
BUT as the darkness of pain receded, I noticed that my bones had new muscle and skin and flesh on them. There was new life growing here. Something that wasn’t here before.
Enter the Holy Spirit. From all around me came mentions of the Holy Spirit, the Kingdom of God, the importance of prayer, the power of God’s Word. Like winds from the 4 corners of the earth, the power of God surrounds me and breathes life into my soul. It warms up the dead places. The Bible comes alive. Prayer becomes a living, active part of life. God is actually answering prayers! He is real! I feel so alive!! The kernel of life has grown into a flourishing plant. 
Wait! Was I dead before? It didn’t feel like it at the time, but this new life is so much MORE ALIVE than what I knew then. I return to dead habits far too often, but it’s harder to stay there now that I have caught a tiny glimpse of the life Jesus wants to give me.
Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10 ESV)
Like the dry bones Ezekiel saw come back to life, Jesus wants to give us His life. Seek Him with all your heart. Don’t be satisfied with deadness, emptiness, and lack of passion.

Awaken. Breathe deeply of His new life. 



About Carol Dunfee

Carol is a wife, mom, piano teacher, and blogger for Alaska Christian Women’s Ministry. Having grown up in church, life made her dissatisfied with empty religious traditions and trite answers. She discovered that Jesus alone is the way to real life and true contentment. Ever stumbling and learning herself, she invites her readers to experience God’s love and forgiveness like never before. Read more at CarolDunfee.com.

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