‘Then the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet. He spoke to me and said: “Go, shut yourself inside your house.’ (Ezekiel 3v24)
As always, context is everything. We pick up this verse after God has appointed Ezekiel to be a watchman for the people of Israel, relaying to them God’s warnings. As such, in v24 we see the term ‘Spirit ‘ which refers directly to the God who causes Ezekiel to:
Rise to his feet (then)
What I love about this verse is the model that it establishes for how each of us can best make ourselves available and attentive to the leading of God.
Years ago, a christian friend spoke an adage into my life, telling me that ‘when I was tired I should sleep but when I was weary, I should pray.’ That advice has remained with me all my life and I tell you this because while the physical rising to our feet shows a willingness to meet and engage with God (rather than slouch around on a sofa), it is the fact that this action is the prelude to listening to God that is the most interesting part of this verse for me.
Obviously, I can’t speak for anyone other than myself but my experience is that an overly relaxed posture is more conducive to me being drowsy and falling asleep than being receptive to God and what the Divine might be saying to me or instructing me to do.
In summary, all of us can and will fail to live up to being available and receptive to God – thankfully, the Divine is gentle, kind, gracious and understanding . Even so, we each have a responsibility to do our best to make ouselves available to God so that when moved by His Holy Spirit, we will rise and listen to what He has to say.