“” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here I am. Send Me!”” Isaiah 6:8
My middle and youngest sons loved playing soccer and hated being on the sidelines. If Joel was there for very long, he began to clamor to be put back in the game. “Hey, coach, when can I go back in?…Coach, can I go in now?…Coach, I’d really like to play again.” Although his coaches couldn’t help but appreciate his enthusiasm on the sidelines and his hustle on the field, I am sure his persistent requests to be put back into the action were annoying.
During worship one Sunday a few years ago, I was focusing on Isaiah’s call to ministry. I don’t remember whether my pastor was preaching on it or whether the Holy Spirit brought that Scripture verse to mind. As soon as the verse had been quietly spoken in my heart, I saw Joel on the sidelines begging to go into the game. I think I had always envisioned a quiet Isaiah sedately saying yes to God’s call. Now I saw Isaiah jumping up and down, waving his arms, and excitedly calling out, “Here am I. Send Me!” It was all I could do not to laugh out loud as I told the Lord that I got His point.
Father, let me be like Isaiah and like Joel when you ask me to do something. Let me not only answer yes, but may that yes flow from a resounding, enthusiastic love for Your Kingdom work. It is a joy to be in the game with You. You are the ultimate Player-Coach.