The Spirit then lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness and in the anger of my spirit, with the strong hand of the Lord on me.  I came to the exiles who lived at Tel Abib near the River Kebar. And there, where they were living, I sat among them for seven days – overwhelmed.
Ezekiel had been taken captive by Nebuchadnezzar, and carried off to Babylon. As if that wasn’t bad enough, now God tells him (chapter 2) that he is to take a message to his fellow-Israelites that they will not want to hear because they have rebellious hearts. No wonder he is bitter, angry and overwhelmed. Is that how we feel about the present crisis? Whether the pandemic is God’s judgement, as the exile was in Ezekiel’s day, I don’t know, but our response has to be the same as his – to trust and obey, no matter how difficult it would prove to be. God had not abandoned his people, but he would refine them.
Father, help us to trust you in our current ‘exile’ and to respond to whatever you are calling us to be and to do.