“Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. So when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard a voice of One speaking.” -Ezekiel 1:28
The first time you see an extraordinary view, it takes your breath away. You can’t seem to get enough of it. But eventually, the more time you spend around that view, the less spectacular it gets. It’s why people who live in Paris don’t give the Eiffel Tower a passing thought while tourists spend hours taking pictures of the exact same view.
Ezekiel had a vision of God and it caused to fall on his face in awe. To be in our Lord’s presence brought Ezekiel to his knees. We’ve seen this reaction many times in the Bible as different prophets encountered God. And every time, it makes me question how I approach God.
Growing up in a Christian family means that sometimes I take His presence for granted. I expect God to be there when I need Him, but I also can go about my life for days without fully acknowledging Him. Or maybe you open your Bible or get on your knees grudgingly – already eyeing your phone to cut your quiet time short. Or the thought of sitting in church yet again for two hours makes you seriously consider skipping services entirely.
Because that first love grew dim. The view grew ordinary and the world grew more shiny. It happens in marriages all the time as the honeymoon phase fades and a couple kids later, that handsome man at work who is the complete opposite of your husband and makes you feel pretty and desired. We stray the same way in our relationships with God. Because being in His presence no longer brings us to our knees in awe, love, respect and fear.
If reading these words convict you today, know that it’s not too late to return to your first love. He is still as awe-inspiring as before – we must only look to Him and see Him in all His glory. It will take time to rebuild that trust, but it starts with showing up everyday and seeing Him as if for the first time – familiar, yet just as amazing as He was yesterday. Because the view doesn’t change – we do.