Monday, August 15, 2011

A throne of blue lapis lazuli

Can you imagine?

Being in Ezekiel's shoes? Let's ponder it a moment with all the facts from Ezekiel 1 - It was Ezekiel's 30th year on the July 31, while he was exiles beside the Kebar River in Babylon. He is sitting beside the river possibly thinking about how they ended up in Babylon held captive by the enemy, when suddenly he felt the LORD's hand take hold of him. How do you think that felt? How did he know it was the LORD's hand? Do you think it was comforting, but at the same time so strong that it could have felt like no other?

Suddenly, he sees a storm coming with lightning and fire and these beings that looked human except: they had four faces and four wings with straight legs and their feet were like a calf's? What? Really? Can you imagine trying to write this down or explain this to anyone? Well, he is trying, so let's move along...Under their wings were human hands...these hands touched the beings beside them which moved straight forward in any direction without turning around...each had a human face in front, a lion on the right, the ox on the left and eagle on the back! EAch had two pair of wings not one, but two that outstretched to touch the living beings on either side they could move however they wanted to. They looked like bright coals of fire or brillant torches...imagine all of this! The description goes on and on....but what caught my attention most was their was a surface described as crystal and that a voice beyond the crystal above spoke...something like a blue lapis lazuli throne high above and then high above that was a figure who resembled a man...All around him was a glowing halo, like a rainbow shining in the clouds on a rainy day. The glory of the lORD and Ezekiel fell down to the ground when the voice spoke...
Ezekiel had been sitting beside the river thinking about all that was happening, when the LORD gave him an experience simply beyond words...

The Lord set him on his feet and fed him a scroll with instructions of what to do and say to the people. Imagine, the LORD feeding you a piece of paper, but it tasted as sweet as honey and the LORD placing food in your mouth that will instruct everyone around you! The LORD taking the time to personally feed Ezekiel HIS FOOD FOR THOUGHT TO GIVE OTHERS! The Lord told Ezekiel let all these words sink deep into your own heart first - take it all in - grasp it and understand it...We must listen for the LORDS words to us and let them sink in deep, before we share or rush to tell others.

Ezekiel was so overwhelmed that he sat for seven days and how was he feeling bitter and in turmoil, but the LORD had a strong hold on him. So, it's okay if we are bitter and not exactly dancing with God ask us to do...we aren't alone! Imagine, Ezekiel witnessed this amazing vision and still had very human feelings of bitterness, being overwhelmed and simply uneasy with what God was asking him to do. So, what is God asking you to do? Feel whatever you are feeling, but sit down and wait for it to all sink in deep...allow God's instructions to takeover and taste sweet as honey like a soothing balm to your soul...Allow God to do His thing; which passes our understanding...let the peace flow with God having fed you the plan!

Sit by the river and wait for it to all sink in...

Sweet blessings,

1 comment:

Frankie said...

This brings to mind Psalm 119:103, "How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth."