What would it look like to truly encounter God? How would I respond if I was met with His glory? Maybe this is abstract to you and maybe you think I am crazy. But I firmly believe that we, mere humans, can be met by God- the Lord of lords. Physically and spiritually. He is powerful in a way that when we are given the opportunity to see His spirit, power, glory, it should do something to us.
Ezekiel was a man, an Israelite that loved God and believed that he had great plans for Israel, in spite of their seemingly impossible situations and unfaithful hearts. He wanted his very people to be changed by the love, forgiveness, and mercy of God. Driven by his deep love, Ezekiel was obedient to God’s calling on his life; a calling that was ridiculous and made him look like a buffoon. Imagine doing something that was out of the ordinary and different. Imagine. God spoke to Ezekiel, saying that he would be an example to Israel, by living his life to honor God, being obedient to whatever he asked. Without doubt, Ezekiel was faithful. He was first given a vision of something, I believe, an ecstasy addict would experience and believe to be normal. Maybe that is a bit sac-religious or irreverent, but let me explain. I do not fully grasp the understanding of his vision, yet after the vision, Ezekiel fell on his face before God because he was so touched by the vision. He has seen the likeness of the glory of the Lord. Basically, he had seen something supernatural and it showed him the grandeur of God. It changed him. He encountered God…
so he fell face down in worship.
In spite of my lack of complete understanding of Ezekiel’s visions, I believe fully that those visions showed him a side of God that he had never really known. He was so overwhelmed by God and his glory that he could not do anything but praise Him. By falling on his face, he put himself as low as possible physically as symbol of his worship and humility before the presence of God.
What does it look like for me to worship God? What does it look like to see God and his perfect glory? His beauty? Majesty? But even more…how would that change me?