Welcome to those popping over from my devotion published today by Proverbs 31 Ministries - feel free to post your thoughts on it.
I first found this passage in Ezekiel 47 in April of 2004 and immediately loved it. I know the date because I wrote it in the margin of my Bible, along with a drawing of a water spicket. Let me explain ...
I was praying at the time, mostly about the ministry opportunites that were in front of me, and I had this vision flash before my eyes. Now before you start thinking I am super freaky or super spiritual, let me assure you that this kind of thing doesn't happen to me often. But I saw a water spicket, and then a massive hand (Hand of God) began turning the knob to turn the faucet on. Water started to trickle out. And I somehow knew it was salty water - like I could taste it, but I was only watching it. The hand kept turning, and the flow steadily increased until it was pouring out. Meanwhile, the water gradually changed over from salty to fresh.
That was it; the vision ended. So I searched in my Bible for references to salty and fresh water and came right to Ezekiel 47. I felt God was speaking to me about becoming an agent of healing for others, and about evangelism.
If I could pick one spot in the Bible to live, it would be here in Ezekiel on the riverbanks by the temple. Even more so than the Garden of Eden ... even more so than in the Gospels where I could listen to Jesus, though that is a very close second! For me, I am just awed by this description Ezekiel wrote of the vision he saw. It draws me to God, heart and soul. I hope you've been drawn to Him today too. Take a moment and read that passage in Ezekiel 47:1-12 and journal your reactions - or post them in the comments here so we can glean from them too.
Did I leave you feeling envious with this devotion because you don't live close enough to visit a beach today? Well I can bring the beach to you! Follow this link to watch the ocean from the web-cam at one of my nearby beaches. It's complete with sound, so you can open it in an Internet window and let it run in the background with the sound of the surf while you read in Ezekiel. After you read, close your eyes, listen to the surf, pray, and take your own dip in the river of God.