“Son of man, your people talk about you in their houses and whisper about you at the doors. They say to each other, ‘Come on, let’s go hear the prophet tell us what the LORD is saying!’” (Ezekiel 33:30 NLT).
While I trained for MMA, I constantly told God how strange I felt and how weird I must look to others. It is not every day that a mommy Christian writer trains to be a MMA fighter. I knew people would judge or misunderstand me, but there really wasn’t much I could do about it. I was submitted to the authority of the Holy Spirit, and I continued to pray for guidance at every turn. I definitely wasn’t perfect, but I was faithful. During this time, I was reading through the Bible for my third time; and I happened to be reading the Major Prophets. God had them do the craziest things that made my little steps of faith look like a normal day at the park, including walking around naked and barefoot for three years (Is 20.3), lying down for 390 days (Eze 4.4-5), wearing a yoke around the neck (Jer 27.2), cooking food over human excrement (Eze 4.12), hiding underwear under rocks (Jer 13.4), shaving the head and throwing the hair into the wind (Eze 5.2) and eating locusts and honey in the wilderness (Matt 3.4). Talk about weird! But God needed to make a statement to a stubborn and rebellious nation, and it took crazy, out of the norm things to get their attention. God wanted everyone to hear His Word through His messengers, and He knew that news travels the fastest when it’s strange. Reading the stories of the prophets made me feel a lot better because I knew that I was in good company, and I was very happy that God didn’t ask me to walk around naked or shave my head.
God, You desire to send Your grace to a nation that has forgotten You, so many times You will call Your faithful servants to do crazy things to get their attention. I know that Your understanding is beyond my comprehension, and I don’t want to doubt Your will. Help me to faithfully stay obedient to Your movement even when it sounds a little crazy. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.