(Eze 37:5) 'Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: "Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live.
Do you remember those old zombie movies we watched as kids? A dead person would be re-animated and go around scaring people with ghoulish looks and controlled but menacing behavior. You ate your popcorn fast and tried to tell yourself these kinds of people don’t exist. Later on, the term “zombie” went mainstream to describe how you feel when you have to operate in life when you feel out of it. So, when you don’t feel yourself but have to go about your business you are described as feeling like a zombie.
Is that how you’ve been feeling lately? Are you barely functional? Have you been dragging yourself out of bed in the morning? Do you lug yourself around throughout the day? Does your brain feel dull? Your thoughts sluggish? Does your smile seem plastic? Your enthusiasm less drastic? Slow-mo with no go? Do you like to sleep a lot? Watch a lot of TV? Avoiding people? Can’t wait to get home and zone out? You have every symptom of being a zombie!
Ezekiel had a vision of Israel needing to be revived. In the first part of the vision God’s people were described as a valley full of bones. But when Ezekiel was told to prophesy to the bones they rattled together. But that’s all they were. Just a skeleton, less than a full man. No life. Then Ezekiel spoke to the bones again and breath entered them, and they lived and stood on their feet. It was all a prophetic picture of Israel’s rebirth as a nation. But it speaks to us all that when the Spirit enters us we can be re-animated, functional, and ready for God to use us. (see Ezekiel 37:1-14)
So, what do you do until you feel yourself again? You have to operate by faith and not feeling. You have to trust the Lord that He can use you even when you feel like a zombie. You’ve got things to do, places to go, people to see. You can’t avoid these things anymore. Like Peter you’ve got to step out of the boat and watch yourself float (Mat 14:24-33). You’ve got to trust the Spirit to strengthen you and function with the “unction!” Admit your weakness, but declare His strength! The Lord will strengthen you to do all you have to do.
(2 Cor 12:9-10) And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Will you always feel like this? No. Will you ever be yourself again? No. You will be a better self after all you’ve gone through. More like Jesus. Until then I want to tell you that it’s okay to be a zombie!