Last week’s post on the wild ride of faith reminded me of something else I’d read about God and wheels. In the Bible, there are several descriptions given of God’s throne room in heaven. (See Ezekiel 1:, Daniel 7:9-10, and Revelation 4)

While the human authors had difficulty putting what they saw into words, there are a few common elements. A throne. Someone seated on that throne. Bright light and fire. A rainbow. A sea of crystal or sparkling ice. Four creatures like a man, lion, ox, and eagle.

And wheels.

Daniel wrote that “His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze.” (Dan. 7:9b NIV) Ezekiel described them as wheels within wheels that rolled in any direction and said they touched the earth. (This description almost makes me think of the castors on an  office chair because they can roll in all directions even as the person stays facing in one direction!)

So, what’s the big deal about  wheels? They show that God’s throne room is mobile, not planted somewhere far off in the heavenlies. God comes close and touches the Earth. Yet He never leaves His Throne of authority and power and glory behind because it always travels with Him!

Emmanuel. God with us. Right in the middle of our messes. And still clearly surrounded by majesty. Hmm. Something to think about.

What about you? Do you have a hard time picturing God in the middle of your situation? Do you picture Him traveling alone or with the entire Throne room and entourage of angelic beings?

The Throne on Wheels
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