And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” Isaiah 6:8 ESV
While meeting with a candidate for the pastorate of a small church, the interviewer was surprised to hear the young man say, “Oh no I can not accept this position. I am called to pastor a church of at least a thousand members!”
But Isaiah didn’t hesitate at the call God had for him. He was not promised success. In fact, God told him that he would be going to people who would listen but not accept the message he had to preach. His congregation would be obstinate, hard-headed and cold-hearted! Wow! That doesn’t sound like a call I would be eager to pursue but not Isaiah. “I’m your guy – Lord!” Isaiah responded
Nursing home ministry isn’t exactly like Isaiah’s call. We do get listened to and appreciated by many people, but like Isaiah we are often alone and misunderstood by the people around us. Our calling may involve some sights and smells that take some getting used to. Our call may mean allowing God to stretch us and use us in ways quite different from what we are used to. But wherever God leads He will also go with us. Our chief shepherd has promised to stay with us even when we watch over His flocks by night. Even when nothing seems to be going on at all, be prepared. He just might send an angel choir to wake us up!
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