Today’s post is written by Deb del Villar. Thanks Deb for this perspective on wanting to be chosen.
Remember when you were a kid and you were waiting to be chosen for a team? You stood there, waiting for the next name and wanted to scream, “Pick me! Pick me?” You were jumping up and down, wanting to be noticed and chosen. “Here I am!” Here I am!”
That’s kind of like Isaiah in the Bible.
But first of all, who IS Isaiah?
Here are some Isaiah facts to help you and your kids identify him.
*He was married.
*He had sons.
*He was a major prophet.
*He knew King Hezekiah and the prophet Micah.
*He was the prophet to the southern kingdom of Judah.
*He had unwavering faith in God.
*He wrote beautifully – some people who have studied his writing have said that he had command of the Hebrew language to the same extent that Shakespeare had command of the English language.
Now let’s see what Isaiah has to do with a kid wanting to be chosen for a team.
Isaiah realizes the extreme perfect holiness of God against the immense sinfulness of man – of himself. When Isaiah hears the voice of the Lord calling, he immediately answers. He is ready and willing to be on God’s “team.”
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)
Are your kids ready and willing – jumping up and down asking God to pick them for a task that needs to be done? May it be a natural response like Isaiah’s due to all that God has done. Are you giving them opportunities to try out their gifts and talents to see where God could use them? May our children grow hearts that are ready, willing, and on fire to serve. May they shout – PICK ME! PICK ME!