Ezekiel 12:17-20 (JDV)
Ezekiel 12:17 The word of Yahveh happened to me:
Ezekiel 12:18 “Son of Adam, eat your bread while trembling and drink your water while anxious shaking.
Ezekiel 12:19 Then say to the people of the land, ‘This is what the Lord Yahveh says about the residents of Jerusalem in the land of Israel: They will eat their bread with anxiety and drink their water in dread because their land will be stripped of everything in it because of the violence of all who live there.
Ezekiel 12:20 The inhabited cities will be destroyed, and the land will become dreadful. Then you will know that I am Yahveh.'”
For Ezekiel, even his ordinary meals became an opportunity to proclaim God’s word to his generation. The same can be true for you and me as well. All those ordinary events — things that happen every day — can become means of radiating the light of the gospel to the darkness in our community.
Jesus came into a world of darkness and he radiated God’s light there. Of course, because he is God’s unique Son, many of the things he did were extraordinary. But not everything he did was a miracle. He came “eating and drinking” (Matthew 11:19). He found ways of radiating God’s light in the thousands of ordinary events that made up his day. We can follow that example.
A meal is one of those ordinary events. Ezekiel’s ordinary meals became means of prophesying. Every time he stopped to eat and drink, he was ministering the word.
LORD, our lives are filled with ordinary events that we have not been using to radiate your light. Teach us how to turn these ordinary events into means of communicating your message to those who see and hear us.