Then, incredible things began to happen. He saw four living creatures... angels... coming out of the storm cloud. Then the wheels in the middle of the wheels appeared. Then lastly, He saw the glory of God Himself on the throne. It is only when you can see God in the midst of your disaster that your storm clouds will open and the glory of God's providence will appear, and His sustaining hand will lift you off the ground, where you have been beaten beyond your ability to stand. It is when we face the storm that we find ourselves transported... "Ezekiel 3:14 So the spirit lifted me up, and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the LORD was strong upon me."... transported from our "great river" of pain. Transported outside of ourselves. Chebar, Ezekiel's river where he worked on the "chain gang" simply meant "great." Ezekiel was transported to a place where he could see the "big picture" and God's purpose, not only for his life, but for the lives of his people. Then his river became nothing in his mind, but the greater purpose of God became everything.
But, what sets Ezekiel apart from his contemporaries was the fact that he knew that the storm came from God. And, instead of running from the storm, he turned to face it, looking for God in the midst of the storm. That storm you are facing, God not only knows about the clouds of fear and doubt surrounding you, but He is in the middle of it all. Matthew 17:7 And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. Did you ask to see or feel God's presence? Did you ask if he was real or substantive? Did you wonder where God was? There He is.