Most of us do not have a vision experience like Isaiah – winged creatures, smoke filling the room, trembles that shake the foundations. For most of us, our encounters with God tend to be on the quieter side. We do not hear an audible voice asking the question: “Whom shall I send?” But we do often hear the question.
For many of us though, we are adept at acting like we do not hear the question. Like a phone ringing that we choose not to answer or a text message that we choose to ignore, it can be easy to avoid responding to the question. We certainly could not avoid the question if our call experience was like Isaiah’s. And for some, God’s call approaches this scale. But for most it does not.
God continues to actively call each of us. It could be through something we see on TV or read in the paper or observe out in the world. It could be through the words of another who encourage us or ask us to join them. It could be through an encounter with someone that somehow strikes a passion within us. God speaks to us in many ways. He calls for us to minister to His people over and over and over.
The voice never goes away. He never ceases to ask the question. The call never ends. But the more we hear it, the more we have the opportunity to tune in and to hear God. Funny thing though, saying ‘yes’ does not make the call go away. It makes the next call clearer. It helps us say ‘yes’ quicker next time. When God asks “Whom shall I send?”, the answer is clear. In each case, God already knows the answer to the question. May we respond with the answer He longs for: “Here I am. Send me.” For where He leads we are to go. And where we go, He will be there too.
Scripture reference: Isaiah 6: 1-8