I wish I could follow up today with something as funny as yesterday's post about the Watusi-buffing experience.
Instead, I'm writing about something unexpected that happened to Ezekiel, and it's even better than buffing. Every time I read this passage from Ezekiel 8, I'm surprised.
Ezekiel was in the second wave of captives taken in exile to Babylon. He'd been there for six and a half years. It might not have felt like home by then, but he'd probably become accustomed to the situation.
On this eventful day, Ezekiel was sitting in his house with some of the Jewish elders who had come to visit. It was an ordinary day. No one expected anything extraordinary to happen, especially not in exile, so far from Jerusalem.
Suddenly, when he least expected it, "the hand of the Lord God fell" on him and Ezekiel began to see a vision.
"...behold a likeness as the appearance of a man; from His loins and downward there was the appearance of fire, and from His loins and upward the appearance of brightness, like the appearance of glowing metal... And behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there..." Ezekiel 8:2,4 nasb
In the comfort of his own home, with people filling the room, Ezekiel had a personal encounter with God and beheld His glory. It was completely independent of what was happening around him.
The sad part is that not one of the people in the room with him experienced the glory of God, even though they were the leaders of the faith. Ezekiel was the only one with the heart and eyes to see.
On this Lord's day, many of us will attend church services with fellow believers. Some of us will have a personal encounter with God. If truth be told, many of us will not. It all depends on the state of our heart.
We, too, can experience the hand of God.
We, too, can behold His glory.
We, too, can have a personal encounter with our Lord.
We can, that is, if we're willing, but be forewarned. Ezekiel's experience was so profound that he responded by telling everyone he saw.
Today, let's ask God to cleanse us and give us a heart to experience Him, eyes to see Him, and a willingness to tell the world all He's done.
Do you want to see Jesus? Ask God to open your eyes today.
In case you missed it, here's the link to yesterday's blog: Baseboards, Wooden Floors, and Bucking Buffers
Here's the link to the prayer guide: The Prayer List
Heres' the link to my Global Outreach page: Leanna Hollis MD