Calling

“We are not stars of the show.  We are simply part of the cast extras called humanity.”  Joan Chittister, Uncommon Gratitude

I read this today in conjunction with Oswald Chambers’ discussion of 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 I am.  Send me.’”

As Chambers notes, it is easy to make two incorrect assumptions here.  It is easy to read into this that God was calling Isaiah specifically, and to think that what makes Isaiah special is that he stepped up and answered the call.  The first wrong assumption is dealt with by a more careful reading.  God did not call Isaiah specifically.  Rather, he tossed out an open invitation in a question —   “Whom shall I send?  And who will go for us?”  Using Chittister’s terms, God was calling out to the “cast of extras” to see who would answer.  Isaiah did.  As to the second assumption, what makes Isaiah special is not that he answered the call but that he could hear the call in the first place.  God’s call is out there, is always out there, and is always calling.  The limitation is that I only hear it when I have put myself in a position to hear it.

I read this today in conjunction with Oswald Chambers’ discussion of 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 I am.  Send me.’”

As Chambers notes, it is easy to make two incorrect assumptions here.  It is easy to read into this that God was calling Isaiah specifically, and to think that what makes Isaiah special is that he stepped up and answered the call.  The first wrong assumption is dealt with by a more careful reading.  God did not call Isaiah specifically.  Rather, he tossed out an open invitation in a question —   “Whom shall I send?  And who will go for us?”  Using Chittister’s terms, God was calling out to the “cast of extras” to see who would answer.  Isaiah did.  As to the second assumption, what makes Isaiah special is not that he answered the call but that he could hear the call in the first place.  God’s call is out there, is always out there, and is always calling.  The limitation is that I only hear it when I have put myself in a position to hear it.  As Chambers notes: If we let the Spirit of God bring us face to face with God, we too shall hear something aking to what Isaiah heard, the still small voice of God; and in perfect freedom will say, ‘Here am I; send me.’”

As Chambers notes: If we let the Spirit of God bring us face to face with God, we too shall hear something akin to what Isaiah heard, the still small voice of God; and in perfect freedom will say, ‘Here am I; send me.’”

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