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  • Writer's pictureAllison Wilcox

Epiphanies: Here I am!

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty, and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said,

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.”

The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said, “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”

Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said, “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” 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!” ~ Isaiah 6:1-8

Samuel didn't seem to be someone who was ready.

Isaiah believed he wasn't worthy.

Not because he was too young, but because he believed his sinfulness was too great.

But God showed up to him in the midst of his doubts of his worthiness.

Often, I think, our great "A-ha" moments about God come when we are at our lowest; when we feel unworthy or separate from God and from others; when we aren't comfortable with ourselves.

It is in those times that we feel certain about ourselves and the things in our lives, that we might not see our need for God as greatly.

God needed Isaiah and Isaiah needed God.

In the midst of his humility, Isaiah was able to see that.

It was God who made him worthy.

In my moments of pain, and sin, and fear, help me to see my need for you, Lord, and to heed your call. Amen.

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