When I was around eleven years old, my mother put me in charge of watching the needle on the pressure cooker gauge while she hung out clothes. “If the needle gets into the red zone, let me know,” she said. While the pot hissed, the needle gradually moved higher. Other things were more interesting, and I left the pot for a few moments. When I returned the needle was smack in the middle” of the red zone labeled “danger.” I can still remember the sound of the screen door slamming behind me as I ran out to mom yelling, “It’s going to explode!”
God asked Ezekiel to watch over the people of the house of Israel and to warn them that they were on the fast track to death unless they changed their ways. Unlike mom’s pressure cooker that didn’t explode, Jerusalem eventually fell (vs. 21).
Lord, when you put me in charge of something important, please charge my batteries while I’m resting. Amen.