“Meanwhile, I’ll bring judgment on all the neighbors who have treated them [Israel] with such contempt. And they’ll realize that I am God.” Ezekiel 28:26
For two years, the house across the street has either been vacant or had short-term renters. From my kitchen window, I can see the backyard, which has been poorly maintained. Suddenly the weeds were gone, lawn ornaments appeared, and it became apparent we finally have permanent neighbors.
Early one morning I saw a woman, wearing a post office uniform,walking her black lab, and I waved and said, “Good morning!” She briefly glanced at my direction and continued to walk. Immediately, I came to the following possible reasons for the snub:
— I looked older and she didn’t want to meet me; or
— She’s not friendly and does not care to know her neighbors.
I decided I would ignore her too. But I couldn’t get her out of my mind and came up with new possibilities:
–She was in a hurry to get to work and didn’t have time to chat with a new neighbor;
–The sun was in her eyes, and she didn’t see me or had ear buds in and didn’t hear me.
In Ezekiel, God paid attention to the people who had treated their neighbors unfairly. Because God knows everything, he judged them fairly. I judged my neighbor unfairly before getting acquainted. I will bake some muffins, buy a pound of Starbuck’s coffee, and leave them in a basket along with a note, “Welcome to the neighborhood. I love what you’ve done to your yard. Linda (your neighbor from across the street.) ”
Dear Lord, help us be good neighbors locally and around the world. Amen.