I just came in from my morning walk.
My devotions led me to this.
I heard the voice of the Master:
“Whom shall I send?
Who will go for us?”
I spoke up,
Isaiah 6:8 The Message
This verse is from a story in the Bible that the translation I am using this morning handily titled “The Commissioning of Isaiah.”
I think I am pondering on it this morning out of a bit of guilt.
You see, I am the one who signed up.
I am guilty of saying “if people would just do right” (usually meaning, do what I want them to do.)
I am guilty of saying “if they would just do their job.”
I am guilty of saying “if your heart is in the right place.”
And a bunch of other tomfoolery.
But “they” aren’t the ones who answered the call. I am. I am the one who signed up.
And I need to get right.
It’s not the doctor, not the lawyer, but it’s me, O Lord. Standing in the need of prayer.
Looking to others, waiting for others, and accusing others is not the path I was called to. You weren’t either.
They didn’t sign up for my work. I did. They didn’t sign up for your work. You did.
And if you and I are from time to time uneasy it might be that we are not minding our business.
My business is to love the Lord my God with all that I am and to love my neighbor as myself.
If anything stops me from that, or distracts me from that, or tempts me to do other than that I am forgetting what I signed up to do.
I can’t control the actions, thoughts, or emotions of any living being. But i can be faithful to my work.
So today, the only day I have, this preacher will not be weary about anyone. He will be about what he was asked to be about. Job satisfaction in our calling is not about results that we project. I need my peace today and I will have it by faithfullness to the One who is singing that Deep Purple song,
“Come hell or highwater, I’ll be here waiting for you.”