Today's Lectionary Text
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”
Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”
The Bible is full of stories of people who are unworthy -- people who didn’t think they were the right for the task that God has asked of them. They didn’t have the right background, the right knowledge, the right words, the right skills for the job ahead. But God chose them anyway. He chose them for that specific task at that specific moment in time.
Every job I’ve ever had, including the one I have now, didn’t fit my experience or exact skill set. I worked for a company that issued annuities without prior knowledge of what annuity was, I worked for a company that created and supported software for pharmacies despite having no knowledge about coding or having a background in pharmacy other than picking up my own prescriptions. I came to the conference office with a lifelong background in being a United Methodist and a communications degree, but even with those qualifications this is a different type of work than I’ve ever done before.
We tend to put ourselves in boxes by what our strengths and weaknesses are, then look for opportunities that match. Stories like this one in Isaiah remind us that God doesn’t always call those who are equipped to do the work, but instead equips those who are willing to do the work.
When we start looking at new opportunities to serve as a chance to learn new skills, learn new things about ourselves and how we can help others then we will be ready to answer, “Here I am, send me!” when the call from the Lord comes.
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Prayer for Reflection
Lord, help us to be ready when we are called to do things that aren’t in our comfort zone. Remind us that you will give us the tools we need to do your work. Amen.
Editor's note: This devotional originally appeared on Feb. 11, 2019.
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