Now as I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the earth beside the living creatures, one for each of the four of them. As for the appearance of the wheels and their construction: their appearance was like the gleaming of beryl. And the four had the same likeness, their appearance and construction being as it were a wheel within a wheel. When they went, they went in any of their four directions without turning as they went. And their rims were tall and awesome, and the rims of all four were full of eyes all around. And when the living creatures went, the wheels went beside them; and when the living creatures rose from the earth, the wheels rose. Wherever the spirit wanted to go, they went, and the wheels rose along with them, for the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those rose from the earth, the wheels rose along with them, for the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. Ezekiel 1:15-21 ESV
Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you. Psalm 139:7-12 ESV
If you look at an American dollar bill on the back, you’ll see a strange symbol of a pyramid with an eye at the top of it in a triangle, and rays of light coming out of the eye. This was first put on the dollar bill in 1935, but this symbol is much older than that. The eye of Providence (or God) has been on the back side of the Seal of the United States since 1782. Some people think that this idea came from ancient Egypt, and there are people who see this eye as a symbol of the Architect of the Universe, a name for some kind of god who made the world and left it alone. But the idea is that there is a God who sees everything and knows everything, and the hope that God would watch over and bless the United States.
Next to the strange creatures Ezekiel saw in his vision, he saw some unusual wheels. There was one wheel inside another one, so that they could roll any way they wanted to, kind of like round casters on the bottom of a couch or an easy chair. These wheels were covered with eyes, and they were part of the living creatures, and went wherever the creatures went. The eyes were on the rims of the wheels, and Ezekiel said that the rims were tall and awesome. The wheels with eyes were a picture of the idea that God sees everything and knows everything, and that he is everywhere. There is no place anyone can go to get away from God. This was both good news and bad news for Ezekiel. It was comforting to know that God saw him and his people in Babylon and knew what was happening to them, but it was also a reminder that God knew about their sins. Ezekiel would speak many words of judgment from God to the people.
God sees us and knows what’s happening to us all the time and every day, and no matter where we go, God is there. This can be frightening sometimes, because wrong things we do, unkind words we say, and even mean and selfish things we think are all seen and known by God. We deserve his punishment for all our sins, but God loves us very much. He sent Jesus to be our Savior, and Jesus took all our sins to the cross with him and won our forgiveness. Because of Jesus, we don’t have to be afraid of God. We can know that God is with us all the time, loving us and helping us, no matter where we are and no matter what happens to us.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for forgiving our sins and being with us every day, no matter where we go. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.