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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
We've all had those difficult presentations to do or that tough conversation to make. It seems like we are not qualified and yet we understand that if we don't do it, no one else will.
So many churches have stories of people approaching the church leaders with ideas and just who should lead them. After one conversation with a church regular, the pastor declared, "That's a great idea, when do you want to start?"
"Oh, I could never do that," replied the church member, "but someone should." The pastor convinced her all the same and a few years later this member told how that was the moment her life in the church changed.
This passage in Isaiah is one that most of us are familiar with: Elijah in the Temple, the glory of the Lord taking up every nook and cranny of the room, heavenly creatures wafting here and there, and this poor man feeling unworthy for being there at all.
Yet, it is what happens next that should amaze us. One of these messengers takes burning coal and cauterizes the sin on Elijah's tongue. The next moment, Elijah is volunteering for God's mission.
God's plan for the world is bigger than us. We cannot begin to understand it or be prepared for it. But we are in his presence and we have been purified, so what are we waiting for? When God calls, will you respond: "Here I am, send me!"