God is in the regular practice of calling people to participate in the work he is doing to redeem the world and reconcile it to himself. This passage in Isaiah is hailed as one of the notable ‘call’ stories in our Bible. As I was looking at this passage, it occurred to me that God did not specifically direct his need for workers towards Isaiah, nor did He force Isaiah to go. Rather, Isaiah overheard the call of God during an overwhelming vision where Isaiah was ushered into the throne room of God where he observed the holy presence and glory of God. Notice Isaiah’s immediate response: no questioning, no calculating what it would cost, no checking with friends; just, “Here I am, send me.” It is true that in the awesome, holy presence of God we all stand incompetent, but God is our competence. Willingness to respond and go is what is required. What are you overhearing God say to you these days, will you be so bold and trusting as to answer like Isaiah, “Here I am, send me.”
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”
At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”
Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”
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!”