The Call

Friday, May 31, 2013
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Isaiah 6:8 – 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!" (NIV)

As a prison guard in a small town, I am always on call, so I keep a bag in the closet packed and ready to go. My shift may be short, or it could be quite long. It could be mid-day or midnight, so I make sure I have reading and writing materials, games, handicrafts, and snacks to keep me busy and fed during what could be a long shift of overseeing one or several guests.

Likewise, God desires that we be open to His call to go where He wants us to go and to do what He wants us to do. It is a call which each of us as Christians is equipped to answer, as the apostle Paul learned as he responded over and over again to the call of Christ:

Philippians 4:13 – I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (NIV)

Today, God might be calling any one of us to go — to go through a devastating loss with courage and faith, or to embrace an unexpected joy with humility and grace. He may be beckoning us to speak gently with a friend concerning one's spiritual condition, or to talk to a crowd of 500 about His love and salvation. He may be asking us to answer His call to give up something which is precious to us, so that others may be blessed with what we take for granted day by day. Whatever the case, no matter how frightened, worried, annoyed, or inadequate we may feel, we can do everything, and do it well, through Him who gives us His strength, if we will only choose to believe and embrace this marvellous truth.

Paul chose rightly. How shall we choose?

Prayer: Father God, thank You that we can do everything through Christ who gives us His strength. Thank You that no matter what You may ask of us, like Isaiah, we, too, can answer, "Here am I, send me." Bless us this day, we pray, with open, willing, and trusting hearts to believe Your truth. In Christ's name, we ask. Amen.

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Atlin, British Columbia, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Another good challenge Lynne.

    Thank you Lynne for all you are and do by the grace of God.
    Thank you for your take on BLIND SPOTS.

    Lynne, this is a wonderful reminder of all that was said. May I always remember to be ready and willing to answer His call and to believe as I do now. This is awesome. Thank you Lynne.

    Thanks for the thoughts on keeping prepared Lynne. I really do not envy you your job though. Night shift, I am happy to say, is something of the long past for me. But I am happy to know you are always spiritually prepared.

    Wow! You amaze me with all the different hats you wear! Yes, I’m familiar with the call at night, very often, as an operating nurse. How much more important it is for us to respond to His call. Thank you for sharing this important message, Lynne.

    Dear Lynne,
    That’s a big amen sister!

    Hi Lynne,
    This verse came to life for me 15 years ago when I responded to the very definite urging of the Holy Spirit. Within a matter of a few months I found myself, along with a friend, going to South Korea as a missionary teacher.
    It was what I termed My Adventure With God. And every moment of that year was exactly that.
    It fulfilled a calling I had when I was 14 years old, and had not even come to know Jesus as my Saviour.
    We simply never know what He has in store for us, but I have learned to say “Yes” to the will of the Father, and every day that adventure continues.

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