was like that of a rainbow
in a cloud on a rainy day.
This was the appearance
of the form of the LORD’s glory.
When I saw it, I fell facedown
and heard a voice speaking.”
One of the things I never expected to find in the Bible was a riddle. Yet, the book of Ezekiel opens with one.
“In the thirtieth year, in the fourth month,
on the fifth day of the month,
while I was among the exiles by the Chebar Canal,
the heavens opened and I saw visions of God.”
Why was Ezekiel in Babylon, and not working as a priest in Jerusalem like he has trained for since birth? Like his father, Buzi, and his father before him? After all, it seems like he might have been referring to his birth date in the first sentence of the chapter. Traditionally, according to the book of Numbers (ch 4), priest finished training and joined the temple worship when they turned thirty.
Ezekiel was hold hostage by Babylonian soldiers who had seized him and brought him to the Chebar Canal. He was desolate-he had trained to be a priest, destined to be a spiritual leader in Jerusalem. But, Ezekiel was a hostage in Babylon! His life was not turning out like it had been planned. But the Lord was watching, and showed Ezekiel a vision, and he realized God, with all of His infinite shining glory was right there with him-in Babylon! It was not just in Jerusalem, but right there by the Chebar Canal, and that was where the Lord wanted to use him!
We are not always where we intended to be in life. I had plans to continue in the military until I retired, then go to school to begin another career. As it turned out, I left the military before retirement, started a business while pursuing my degree in nursing. After getting my nursing degree, I worked for about 7 years before I became disabled and retired at 49. My life did not turn out like anything I had planned. The Lord found me, and He has been able to direct my steps to further His purpose!
For His Glory, Nicolette