Tuesday: March 24, 2020
Reference: Ezekiel 47:1-9
Ezekiel 47:3,4 Measuring as he went, he took me 1,500 feet east along the stream and told me to go across. At that point the water was up to my ankles. He measured off another 1,500 feet and told me to cross again. This time the water was up to my knees.
What would you do with a billion dollars if it was given to you this instant? Not every one will be able to answer that question immediately because few expect to have that amount of money in their lifetime, and that is not because they aren’t dreaming big. Some people bank on the possibility of winning a lottery, an instant bump into wealth, greatness and merit, but in the book of the prophet Ezekiel today we notice ‘God is a God of process’.
Pay attention to the specific units of measurement that was used and the level of water for each measure: ankle deep, knee deep, waist deep and finally a depth specifically for swimming. The 1500 feet measured for each depth translates to just over 450 metres, and that is enough distance for the body to get used to the effect and contact of water at ankle depth before transitioning into deeper waters.
Fact: the you now, is probably wading through waters ankle deep because in the plans of God, at this time, you are unlikely to strive through water any deeper than that without being overwhelmed. A journey is therefore necessary to get you familiar with the kind of obstacles you may encounter, the techniques required to navigate these waters and the points to plant your feet as you prepare for a transitioning to another stage, the knee deep phase.
My dear, no one is born able to automatically swim in oceans. It takes contact with water and exposure to its dynamics: the waves, current, temperature and its effect on the body to become a good swimmer. So don’t just go diving into oceans when you are yet to encounter water at waist depth. Engage the process of transitioning and learn as you journey on for only then will you be prepared to swim.
God as a guide will open the door to your transition when He knows you are ready to move.