LEARN TO SWIM ALONG THE WAY
Ezekiel 47:5 Again he measured a thousand [cubits]; and it was a river that I could not pass through, for the water had risen, enough water to swim in, a river that could not be crossed [by wading].
1000 cubits, the unit of measure used in today’s text from Ezekiel is approximately 500 metres long. That is about the length of five football pitches and it measured a distance while travelling through water. When one wades through water, the volume and depth of water encountered determines the resistance to forward advance.
There was a therefore 500 metre travel each time before the body of water encountered increased consecutively from ankle depth to knee depth to waist depth and finally a level requiring one to swim.
For every single leg then on our journey through life, we will come encounter an increase in resistance and challenges, for which we will require a proportionate improvement in skill and experience to navigate. Thus, anyone who has not learnt to swim at the end of a 500-metre travel through a body of water waist deep, will drown when they move even a centimetre beyond that mark.
So as we journey on in life, let us envision greater challenges and therefore seek to arm ourselves with the right tools to make it through the whole way. We have to continually improve so the amount of water does not become the determinant of our end point.