Tag! You're It!

February 29, 2016
by Terry Folster

Exodus 3:2-4 – There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, "I will go over and see this strange sight — why the bush does not burn up." When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, "Moses! Moses!" And Moses said, "Here I am." (NIV)

"Tag" has come to mean many things over the years. Items are tagged with graffiti. People are tagged for speeding, with wins/losses in sports, and now in pictures online.

But when I was growing up the only "tag" I cared about was our favourite playground game. The person who was "It" had to tag someone who then became the new It. For varying reasons, some of us were It more often, but we all needed to take turns to stay in the game.

I hadn't thought of tag in years! Until this e-mail:

    Thank you very much to those who contributed devotionals this month. It has been years since I have not been able to fill an entire month with devotionals on hand, but that has happened in January — we were three days short. And now, so far at least, I have only enough devotionals to last until February the 19th. It's been a long time since some of our writers have contributed, so this e-mail comes as a reminder that your contributions are greatly appreciated. If the Lord has been prompting you to write something, now is the time! So often, something happens, and it has a direct spiritual application. Those are the best devotionals. Different things are happening to us every day, and if we're on the lookout for what the Lord may be trying to say to us, the devotional almost writes itself! Give it a try. I'll be happy to hear from you! – Robin Ross

At that, I felt tagged to be It, just like Moses in today's Scripture. I strongly identify with Moses because my life parallels his. His journey started out in an oasis of life, later found him stripped of identity, purpose, and hope. Banished on a treacherous, long, lonely, journey in the desert, grieving, parched, and longing for a merciful death, God rescued Moses and settled him in a new land and a completely different reality. Oddly comforting, perhaps even numbing, he could hide and forget. A timeout. But only temporarily …

"Moses, Moses." Tag! You're It. Moses answers, "Here I am," but then waffles. "I have never been eloquent, I am slow of speech and tongue. Please send someone else." God cajoles, then angrily rebukes the excuses. "I will give you a helper: Aaron. I will help both of you speak, and will teach you what to do."

Acts 13:47b – I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth. (NIV)

Many times over years, the Daily Devotional has been a light in my darkness, a faithful daily drop of salvation in my inbox to quench a desperate thirst. So much inspiration from seasoned preachers and ordinary people alike — what a blessing! But even when I've felt inspiration and stirrings within, I've waffled — never written, never embraced "Here I am."

Yet this time was different. I felt tagged. It hit me. What if no one answers, "Here I am"? What about all the people needing that daily outreach? Out of silence came this voice:

    Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
    I have heard you calling in the night;
    I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
    I will hold your people in my heart.
           – Daniel L. Schutte

Once I had answered, "Here I am," and prayed, "I will go, Lord, if You lead me," the game, the thoughts, the Scriptures, the hymns — everything — came flooding at me, not only for this devotional but more as well. What Robin said is true: Devotionals almost write themselves.

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)

And now: Tag! You're It. Hear it. Feel it. Pray. Embrace it! I'm looking forward to your contributions!

Prayer:

    Spirit, Spirit of gentleness,
    Blow through the wilderness,
    Calling and free.
    Spirit, Spirit of restlessness,
    Stir me from placidness,
    Wind, Wind on the sea.
           – James K. Manley

With bold new decisions, let us arise. Amen.

About the author:

Terry Folster <folster.te@gmail.com>
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for being ‘it’ Terry.


    God bless you Terry for answering this call!
    I’m giving it to God. I might be ‘It’ down the road!


    Thanks Terry, and God bless you for this Devotional!
    (Ontario)


    Terry,
    What a powerful devotional. I am sure there will be many people tagged. Thank you.


    Dear Terry,
    What an inspirational devotional! Thank you for encouraging us to follow the calling from the Lord Himself.
    God bless,
    (USA)


    I know exactly what you are talking about. A lot has been happening in my life… caretaking takes up a lot of responsibilities and time to be alone and write. I guess I’ve been tagged. Please pray for me. Thank you.


    Dear Terry,
    Thank you for playing God’s game and when touched, answering, “Here am I, send me.”
    Keep playing it in many ways, including writing.


    Wow Terry!
    Thanks for sharing. Amazing how the Lord works eh!!!
    Hope you feel ‘tagged’ again!
    Blessed by your devotional… a light in my day today!


    WELL, Terry, you should definitely write more often. As a member of the choir at our small church, many of the prayers and scriptures you quoted, we have sung. It is the best way for me to put those passages to memory… perhaps I should write devotional!!! Thanks very much.
    (Texas)


    Dear Terry, thank you for a lovely and thought provoking devotional today. It is so pertinent to us all. I look forward to my morning devotionals. They are often so topical to things happening in my life. I greatly admire all the writers.
    God bless you.
    (Northern Ireland)


    I enjoyed reading your devotional today Terry.
    Perhaps it may inspire others who are not acting when God has called upon them – He does call upon the least of us.
    I applaud your sincerity and answer to His calling.
    May God richly bless you and encourage you to make a commitment to write more frequently.


    Good for you, Terry. Thanks for writing (and listening to the Lord). We close
    every day with the PresbyCan devotional. Writing from our winter home in
    the French West Indies (so you never know where the word reaches!)
    Bless you for taking up the challenge!
    (French West Indies)


    Today’s devotional simply reached out and hugged me this morning. Terry, you allowed your readers to peek into your thought processes and be blessed thereby. Not only that, you quoted from two of my favourite praise songs and set my heart a-humming.
    Your writing is a rich ingredient in this joyous situation.


    WOW, what a wonderful message that will reach out and touch many people to share their devotional message. Thank you for all you do for others in Saskatoon and around the country.
    Keep up the good work and hopefully we’ll see each other along the way.


    As I approach my 75th birthday and spiritual birthday I can reflect on over 40 years of church membership in a church home that is no longer mine. I thank God for my experience of not growing up in a Christian environment. I was drawn by the spirit of a triune God who sot to save this lost child of His. I understood why God so draws us with the power of His love beyond even the love for my husband. God’s love is like a unending thirst that draws us to His relentless arms in which we find our peace. One of those whose ministry effected my life was Robin Ross”s father. His mother was even a greater influence. I am grateful. Nothing can deter me from serving this Saviour. Praise God for this truth and who influenced my spiritual walk.


    How does one become “It”? You’ve inspired me.


    Glad you were tagged.
    Keep up the good writing.


    Thank you for answering the call to write. The PCC devotionals are helpful in my spiritual life. Bless you and others who provide these devotionals. Thank you to Robin Ross.
    God bless.
    (Ontario)


    Thank you for the devotional and I will open my heart to God’s calling of
    TAG.

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