Ezekiel 1:16, 21–The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel…When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.
I started reading Ezekiel 1 yesterday. Ezekiel has a vision from God of four living creatures. At first, I struggled to make sense of the vision. When I got to these verses, the word ‘wheel’ stuck out to me. The girls and I have been studying simple machines in science for a couple weeks now. The wheel is a simple machine that makes work easier. Wheels get vehicles to places with less effort. Wheels turn revolutions that make the turner have to apply less force to achieve the outcome. The creatures in Ezekiel’s vision used wheels for their work and the spirit was in their wheels.
What is your wheel? Are you trying to be your own wheel? Is money your wheel? Is your job your wheel? Or, is God your wheel? When God is our wheel, our work is easier. When we allow Him to turn our every day, to direct its path and bring us to where we are supposed to be, our life is easier. We still face problems and trials, but because we are allowing Him to drive, we get through them with fewer bumps and bruises than if we tried to do it on our own. We have to apply less force to get the same result because God is turning the wheel for us.
Is the spirit of God in our work? Are we facing our lives with joy, attempting to spread the spirit of God daily? Or, are we simply surviving from one challenge to the next? I find myself guilty of going into survival mode and losing sight of the bigger picture of all the blessings God has given us. I want to make sure that the good spirit of God inundates everything I do, including the laundry, grocery shopping, and dishes, changing diapers, feeding babies…everything I do I can do joyfully, remembering how blessed I am.
The creatures’ wheels went with them wherever they went. God, too, goes with us everywhere. He watches our movements and helps set paths in front of us for us to choose which direction we want to go. Guess what? If we let Him help us make those decisions, we will get where He wants us to be much more quickly rather than rambling through the wilderness on the longer, more exhausting path.
Let’s let God be our spirit-filled wheel today and work effectively toward the goal He has set for us!