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While I was among the exiles by the Kebar River, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God. (Ezek. 1:1)

Expanded Passage: Ezekiel 1:1

Jamie was my coworker at a new job. Prior to my start date, she emailed to say my new role was supposed to have been her job, but she’d been passed over for promotion. It felt like Jamie hated me, and we hadn’t even met.

The job was tense. Meetings, assignments, and expectations weren’t as I was hoping. In working closely with Jamie, however, we unexpectedly became fast friends. Though she suffered from a painful chronic illness, she was always a great conversation partner. She was older, single, and lonely. In a sense, it seemed she lived in her own exile. But talking with her was easy and encouraging. In the ordinariness of daily life, God showed up for us both—reshaping a negative relationship and energizing our conversation with love for one another.

It wasn’t a place I expected to find God. Ezekiel likely wasn’t expecting God to show up in such a brilliant way by the Kebar River either. He was living his life and loving God, but unaware of how God was about to blow his mind. Ezekiel received one of the coolest gifts we see anywhere in the Bible—a vision of God in the heavens!

God is always there, revealing himself in big and small ways, through either unexpected relationships and situations like I experienced or incredible displays of greatness like Ezekiel witnessed.

Trust that God is there wherever you are.

Ericka Andersen is a member of Waterline Church in Fishers, Ind.. She’s a wife and mom to two and enjoys writing, podcasting, running, and country music.

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