Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
Isaiah 6:8 KJV
Wanted. We all want to be wanted. But what are we willing to be wanted for?
We are all familiar, somewhat, with the Pony Express. Brave young men, carrying mail at breakneck speeds on horseback, connecting the far west with the burgeoning frontier of the USA.
Each Pony Express rider would ride for 75 to 100 miles per day, changing horses every 10 to 15 miles along the route.
But the Pony Express was a short lived necessity of western expansion. It was in operation from April 3, 1860 until November 18, 1861. Only 19 months of adventure and service, but we’re still talking about it 160 years later! The telegraph put the Pony Express out of business.
I think part of the reason the Pony Express, and it’s heroic riders, have made it into American adventure lore and mythology is because of the commitment to serve in spite of difficult circumstances, danger, and glory of the Old West.
God is advertising for servants as well. He is sending out His word, calling us, not always to danger, but certainly to humility.
He calls us to join Him and what He’s doing.
He could find better equipped people, but He chooses to use those who respond to His divine invitation.
The prophet Isaiah found himself responding to God’s invitation to serve. The Lord had big things planned, and was looking for a man to carry His message to people who wouldn’t listen, who would ridicule the message and the messenger, and who would ultimately put the prophet to death. Isaiah, mindful of his own inadequacies, responded with faithfulness. “Here am I. Send Me.”
I wonder if Isaiah was thinking “Why Me?”
Whether or not “why me” came into his head or not, Isaiah made himself available to God, and the words he preached are still with us today! What a legacy of faithfulness. Every act of faithful service we perform for the Lord will live on well after we have retired to our heavenly reward.
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