Goodbye Brazil. That is what we will be saying today. This morning we had some time to walk around and be tourists. It was interesting to walk around and just look at buildings and sites. The language no longer seemed foreign. We seemed to just blend in somehow. Some were no longer struggling with some basic conversational language. But, it just seemed natural to be there. Unlike the first day, there was no hesitation when trying to speak, or say good morning, thank you, etc.
As we rode the bus to lunch then the airport, I focused on the landscape. Rolling green hills, pockets of commercial buildings, sugar cane farms and houses. People going about their day working and providing for their family. It was only different in location, but was no longer foreign to me. What some would look at and see as poor, dirty and unattractive, I was going to miss.
Somehow this culture and the people of Brazil had become my people. I care for them and want to help them. I want to see them come to know Christ as Savior, be disciples and grow in their faith. I want to see more chapels built, more voices raised in praise and I want to join them.
There is a song that I have been playing since before we left for Brazil. I have listened to it about 100 times during our trip. It just seems to fit. Below are the lyrics:
“Come Alive (Dry Bones)”
“Through the eyes of men it seems There’s so much we have lost As we look down the road Where all the prodigals have walked One by one The enemy has whispered lies And led them off as slaves
But we know that you are God Yours is the victory We know there is more to come That we may not yet see So with the faith you’ve given us We’ll step into the valley unafraid, yeah
As we call out to dry bones Come alive, come alive We call out to dead hearts Come alive, come alive Up out of the ashes Let us see an army rise We call out to dry bones, come alive
God of endless mercy God of unrelenting love Rescue every daughter Bring us back the wayward son And By your spirit breathe upon them Show the world that you alone can save You alone can save
As we call out to dry bones Come alive, come alive We call out to dead hearts Come alive, come alive Up out of the ashes Let us see an army rise We call out to dry bones come alive
So breathe, oh breath of God Now breathe, oh breath of God Breathe, oh breath of God Now breathe
Breathe, oh breath of God Now breathe, oh breath of God Breathe, oh breath of God, now breathe
As we call out to dry bones Come alive, come alive We call out to dead hearts Come alive, come alive Up out of the ashes Let us see an army rise We call out to dry bones come alive, yeah We call out to dry bones, come alive
Oh Come Alive!
I feel like this song describes what God wants for Brazil, for America and for all people. He wants us to come alive. As we ministered to people, as we prayed with people, as we witnessed people come to Christ, one by one they were coming alive.
We have been dead for far too long. We have waited for something to happen never realizing that we are the something that needs to happen. We need to come alive. We need to rise from the ashes and come alive.
God is calling is to do something. To be bold I our faith and our witness. We are not to be ashamed of the Gospel. For it is God’s power for salvation and for those who believe. It brings life to the dry bones.
So, what now? That is the question I ponder as we travel home.
I can either take my experience in Brazil and put it in a frame as a nice memento to remember from time to time. Or, I can use it to remind myself each and every day what God has called me to do.
So, I will preach the word. I will be ready in season and out of season. I will preach His Gospel with boldness and certainty. I may not be popular, I may not be heard by all, but, I will be doing what God has called me to do. I will cry out to dry bones “come alive, come alive.”
Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! -Ezekiel 37:4