He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river that I could not cross because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in—a river that no one could cross.
Ezekiel 47:5 NIV
In Ezekiel chapter 47, there is a mention of a river that flows from the throne room of God. Ezekiel the prophet is taken around the temple into the river. When he first steps into the water, it is only at his ankles and then the water rises until it is Knee-deep, waist-deep and finally his head is completely submerged.
When Ezekiel arrives back at the shore, God opens his eyes and he notices several fruit trees growing along the banks of the river. God makes a declaration that these trees will constantly bear fruit and that they will bring healing.
Ezekiel was taken on a journey where he had to trust that God knew every step he should take. It was easy to follow God when the water was only up to his ankles but the deeper the river got, it would have made it easier for him to just stay on the shore and never venture any further. Many times in our lives God will require us to take a journey, to dive deeper into situations that may cause us to panic.
Despite how deep the water was, Ezekiel continued to pursue the lord
I think about how often I have left my faith on the shore. How many times I have allowed fear to cause me to run away from the same rivers that God was asking me to swim in. Indeed the more I have journeyed with my father, even though I did not always understand the reason why I was facing such a fierce battle, the river of pain and suffering that I thought would harm me, was truly God breathing life into my veins and allowing me to blossom and to bloom. I have always had an appreciation for the springtime and whenever I see the first buds of the flower beginning to blossom, it is a reminder that God in his infinite wonder is always moving. I pray that regardless of what circumstance you find yourself in, that you will remember God is always faithful. If he has led you to the deepest ocean and asked you to cross, then you can believe that he will carry you across the other side to safety. For what you cannot see with your natural eyes, maybe the moment when the greatest move of God will descend and transform your life from barrenness into a fruitful blossom.
– M. C. Rose (Assistant and editorial team member)