Saturday, September 19, 2015: Ezekiel 47-48; Luke 2
3 Going on eastward with a cord in his hand, the man measured one thousand cubits, and then led me through the water; and it was ankle-deep. 4 Again he measured one thousand, and led me through the water; and it was knee-deep. Again he measured one thousand, and led me through the water; and it was up to the waist. 5 Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross, for the water had risen; it was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be crossed. 6 He said to me, “Mortal, have you seen this?”
This is a wonderful image of the spiritual life – this river of life that flows through the temple – it is an image that is used often in scripture; the nourishing waters that cleanse and cause life to emerge in all its forms. Here in Ezekiel, I am struck with this progression: the ankle-deep water deepens to the knees, the waist, and eventually to the shoulders…deep enough to swim in.
Our spiritual life progresses like that – we step into the shallow water, sometimes tentatively…but we are not meant to stay there. Instead, we are invited to venture out…to the knees, to the waist, to the shoulders…
Yes, deeper water produces more danger; the danger of storm, the danger of predators, the danger of losing control. But deeper waters also includes the promise – the promise of giving yourself entirely to God, allowing God’s mercies to carry you and hold you up as you swim. How deep is your water today?