And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”
Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”
Isaiah 6:8 (ESV)
Moving can be a marvelous adventure. Anticipation mounts as boxes are packed and loaded; anxiety hits as one steps out of an empty house, once called “home.” Adrenalin heightens as the road leads to a whole new phase of life.
This experience often feels risky: “What if the new job isn’t what we had hoped? Where will we worship? Who will be the new family doctor? How will we meet new friends?”
As believers, we are often called to tasks that evoke many questions. Yet, the only real answer is to follow the Lord’s leading with a blind faith, trusting that He knows the answers before the tasks are even revealed to us. Isaiah gives a wonderful example of this strong faith. His response to an unknown task was exuberantly selfless: “Here am I! Send me!”
Send him where? What was the purpose? What was in it for him?
He knew nothing when he initially volunteered for the position. Even when the Lord disclosed the job description, Isaiah didn’t rescind his offer. He had only one question, “How long, O Lord?”
God didn’t give him a number of days, months, or even years, although he could have replied with such specificity. Instead, his answer suggests an undefined length of time. He might have answered with “as long as it takes.”
Even so, Isaiah determined to be obedient in his calling. In spite of potential ridicule, abuse and hardship, Isaiah was ready to face the challenges ahead. His trust in his Creator was all he really needed.
Do you long for that kind of blind faith? I know that I do. As I enjoy the safety of these walls of protection, I must learn to trust God’s arms of protection more. These walls can burn, but His arms will hold me under every circumstance.
I’m packing boxes, anxiously wondering what the Lord has in store for us: a new home yet unseen, a new job description, a change of everything- except the One who never changes. What is now familiar and comfortable will be forsaken as we choose to walk obediently to the place where He leads. For how long? As long as He wills. As long as it takes.
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