I have never understood why cats do this! Our Tiger would often bury his face into the couch, so much so I worried that he was not getting enough air. He would face plant on the hard uncomfortable floor as well. I guess when sleep overwhelms, any position will do. But he sure did look silly. However, face planting by his owners is embarrassing, unintentional and takes looking silly to a whole new level! Who wants to look that undignified?
Today’s verse describes an intentional face plant! There was no concern about looking undignified. The Israelites fell prostrate, face down on the ground in response to the awesome power of God. In answer to Elijah’s simple prayer, the only true God sent fire down from Heaven in a contest between Baal and Himself. This fire was unique not only because it fell from Heaven, but because it burned up sacrifice, wood, stones, soil and water! What other response is possible but to fall face down to the ground in fearful humility and worship? The Lord, He is God.
In our French church, we stand when we take communion. There is standing and lifting up of hands in many churches as an expression of worship as well. Paul tells us that one day every knee will bow in humble recognition at the name of Jesus (Phil. 2:10). But when God reveals Himself completely and I see for the first time all His magnificent power and beauty, I cannot see myself in any other position but prostrate with wonder!
Standing, kneeling or prostrate, Lord, may my heart be completely Yours today.