Ezekiel depicts a whirlwind ( Ruwach the Spirit) where the wheel within the wheel enfolds inwardly into itself, while moving forward. This represents the cooperative church moving together as one (Ezekiel 1:12). This living creature (the church), “Went straight forward; they went wherever the spirit wanted to go, and they did not turn when they went.” Each part joined as one and moved straight forward.
- The word Straight (#2266 Strongs) comes from the root word “to cross over” which can also be rendered “crossing with straight and unchanging purpose.”
Reading further, the indescribable storm-like creature wondrously shimmers as amber electrons flash-forth in greatest splendor.
Psalms 29:3 says that in stormy conditions, God’s voice thunders over turbulent water, shaking the wilderness, and causing the deer to give birth (vs.6-9). His voice commissions you to give birth to the Word, and in response your heart leaps in expectation.
Along the way, there’s always another storm to cross over with unchanging purpose. He leads us upon His holy waters — from where we are to where He wants us to go; from the known to the unfamiliar places of the unknown. Like the exhausted followers upon that stormy lake, we wearied of contending with the dark waves of adversity.
The One Who calms every storm teaches us to persevere. The waves may be over our head, but as with the ebb and flow of good times and bad, storms eventually end. Wind and waves can’t move us from our finishing our course.
Through it all, His authority perfects itself as we yield to His dealings. Keep in mind, the worst storms always come just before the biggest opposition. There’s always something bigger waiting on the other side. Even the disciples were ill prepared for what they found in the morning light.
What’s that? You’re getting the picture? It’s not tranquil over here either.