In reading today’s passage, we notice the rulers who regarded themselves as invincible leaders of the people. They cite the city of Jerusalem as being able to protect them but Ezekiel tells them that God will allow the city to be taken captive and they will be driven out of the city. Then it is told that God’s people will in the future change so that there is hope for a new beginning. Their practices would be agreeable to God’s principles because Jesus will bring hope.
Israel is at a stage in its history where change has to take place; much like an Eagle when it reaches a certain stage in its life, survival depends on transformation. An interesting fact about the national bird of America, the Bald Eagle is that it has the longest life-span of its species. It can live up to 70 years but to reach this age, the eagle must make a hard decision. In its 40’s, its’ long flexible talons can no longer grab prey which serves as food. Its’ long and sharp beak becomes bent. Its’ old-aged and heavy wings due to thick feathers become stuck to its’ chest and make it difficult to fly. Then the eagle is left with only two options – die or go through a painful process of change which last 150 days. The process requires that the eagle fly to a mountain top and sit on its nest. There the eagle hits its’ beak against a rock until it comes off and it can grow another one. Then it will pluck its’ talons and they grow back and then it plucks its’ feathers. After five months, the eagle takes its’ famous flight of rebirth and lives for 30 more years.
Why is change needed? Many times, in order to survive, we have to start a change process. We sometimes need to get rid of old memories, habits and other past traditions. Only freed from past burdens, can we take advantage of the present? Take a few minutes to think about how this reading can be applied on this day with God. While thinking, listen to this piano piece.
Humbly pray for transformation into the likeness of Jesus Christ. Rejoice in anticipation for a secure future because God is at work on the inside. His power breaks bad habits and His protection gives courage. Pray that hopelessness turns into hopefulness while being transformed into the likeness of Jesus Christ day by day.
- Ezekiel 10 – 12 Questions for Reflection (thisdaywithgod.wordpress.com)