“I [Isaiah] spoke up, ‘I’ll go. Send me.'” Isaiah 6:8
In the first five chapters of Isaiah, we learn how morally and spiritually corrupt the people had become. One day Isaiah saw God in the form of six-winged angel-seraphs, who praised God and caused the foundation of Isaiah’s home to tremble. Isaiah responded with his fear of Doomsday and death and admitted to God he had not used his mouth in praise to God. One of the angels brought a hot coal from the altar and touched Isaiah’s mouth–a sign that his lips had been forgiven.
Recently, I responded to a plea by the volunteer coordinator at the hospital where I serve as a spiritual caregiver. She desperately needed someone to take an early morning shift at the surgical center desk one day a week. I felt as if I were being called to do this, and emailed her. However, the night before my training (to begin at 4:30 a.m.), I couldn’t sleep. At 3:10 a.m. I e-mailed the coordinator, “I’m sorry, I can’t come in, as I have not slept all night.”
This was one of the occasions in which I had let my heart trump my ability to discern the situation. For year, I’ve had sleep issues whenever I need to set an alarm for an early morning flight or appointment. I rescinded my offer to help the coordinator, who said, “That’s okay. It takes the right person to work the early shift. Someone will fill the spot.”
May I suggest when you feel as if God is calling you into action to be sure you are the one–like Isaiah, when he said, “Send me.”
Thank you, Lord, for giving us choices in how we can serve you. Amen.