October 4, 2011
This morning I read the following passage while soaking in the Lord (praying/listening/reading the bible/being in the presence of the Lord)
Isaiah 6:1-8 “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, 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 seraphs 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 fo the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!””
I know this passage is familiar to a lot of you. Something new about this passage hit me this morning. You see, whenever I read this passage I got angry with the Lord. I ALWAYS said, “Lord, I'm saying this! I'm saying 'Here am I. Send me!' and You are NOT sending me!You keep having me stay HERE!” My head went to go that direction again this morning as I read this, but it took a little bit of a turn. “Yes, Lord, thank you for sending me to Mada for a whole year. Yes Lord, I realize that though I feel like I'm STAYING here in Quakertown You are actually SENDING me to Quakertown.”
Then I just sat quietly for a moment. “My dear Daughter, Your focus is wrong. This passage is NOT about you, or sending you. Read this passage again Dear one, and this time don't focus on you but focus on Me.”
So I encourage you to do what I did. Go back and read the passage again, and focus on Him. Yes, right now, go ahead I'll wait......
Can you imagine being Isaiah and seeing, feeling,and hearing this!? Don't you think that from that moment on Isaiah had a different understanding of who God is and who he, himself is? Do you think it changed his outlook on eveyday life? I asked myself, "what do i know of Holy?" I went back a third time and read the passage again and imagined myself as Isaiah, seeing, feeling, and hearing. I suggest you try it. Ask God to open up your eyes to the wonder and magesty of His holiness. I understand that we wont fully get it, (His holiness) until we stand face to face with Him, but certainly we can ask Him to reveal more of Himself to us on a daily basis and allow that knowledge, of who He really is, His holiness, to change our daily behavior. I'm going to stop know and go back and read this passage again and just spend time soaking in His holiness. I challenge you to do the same. Soak Him in, allow His presence to change you.