Today’s Prayer to Passage will be from ‘Greek Historical Thought’ by Arnold J. Toynbee.
And I pray, “Dear God, How do I apply classic reasoning to modern action? And how do I apply modern action to classic reasoning?”
Following my prayer, I opened the book to page XXV, my eyes landing right on these words:
“The hand of the Lord was upon me and carried me out in the Spirit of the Lord, And set me down in the midst of the valley, which was full of bones, and caused me to pass by them round about; and, behold, there were very many in the open valley, and, lo, they were very dry. And he said unto me: ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ And I answered: ‘O Lord God, thou knowest.’ Again he said unto me: ‘Prophesy upon these bones and say unto them: O ye dry bones, hear the name of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you and ye shall live; and I will say sinews upon you and will bring up flesh upon you and cover you with skin and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.’ So I prophesied as I was commanded; and, as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone; and when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them above, but there was no breath in them. Then he said unto me: ‘Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say unto the wind: Thus saith the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.’ So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood up upon their feet — an exceeding great army.”
—ARNOLD J. TOYNBEE
That… is… deep. The good thing is that I got the interpretation right away. I was a little freaked out by the fact that the entire passage comprised themes of prayer with God, reincarnation, and prophesy. That’s preeeeeety much what I’ve got going on over here. I pray, God asks me to play a small part in the possibility of spirits being reborn, and I post blog entries about inspiring passages received as a result of prayer. Blogs are modern, and reincarnation is an old word that turns off some people. It’s a balance, I suppose.
Lately, within the past two months, I have been receiving several insights surrounding the symbolism of wind. I used to tell people that I have a deep Spiritual connection to wind and rain; then wind fell at the wayside. I’d say it has been about five years since rain became a sole symbol in some sort of meteorological metaphor in my life. But now it’s: “The answers are blowin’ in the wind;” “prophesy unto the wind;” “…and say unto the wind: Thus saith the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.” Some days I feel like I am blogging to the wind; like, why am I even doing this? All in God’s timing.