In Isaiah 6:8, Isaiah heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And Isaiah said, “Here am I. Send me!” That is also my daily prayer.
Many days my life seems to be full of activity – some that furthers God’s kingdom while some just maintains life. As I seek to see God’s hand in the activity and be a witness for Christ in all I do, I am experiencing divine appointments.
Recently a friend who works with refugees called and asked if I could possibly help an Iraqi refugee find money for some of the coursework and testing necessary to retake the medical licensing exams here and if I would be willing to meet with her. I eagerly agreed and then phoned to see if I might visit. My week was already full of “things I had to accomplish” but I made an early morning appointment to go by and visit. Habibe is a single mother of two small children determined to make a future here for her family.
That morning as I rushed to get ready, I thought that perhaps I should call and cancel my appointment; it just wasn’t a good time. On the way, I considered cancelling again but then decided to just make a quick visit. We had a great visit and Habibe began sharing about her life and situation here. She then asked if she could ask me a personal question. I responded sure. She then asked “Would you tell me what you believe?” We then spoke very openly of our individual faiths, the prophets, the trinity, salvation, etc. She is a devout Muslim but very interested in learning more about Christianity. She asked if I would be willing to come back and be her friend.
God has prepared Habibe’s heart to hear and to question. All I had to do was to be willing to show up and share when asked. I have to question myself as to how many times I’ve been too busy to show up when called.
God, make me more sensitive to your call and prepared to share your truth when asked. Will you join me in answering God’s call and responding as Isaiah did “here am I, send me?”