Here we are. Friday Eve. It’s when a few of my favorite people and I spend time at #fmfparty (Five Minute Friday Party) on Twitter, where we encourage each other, pass around the plate of chocolate chip cookies (thanks Anita!), and we chat about real-life stuff. My favorite kind of stuff.
Then we free-write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. We gather back again at Kate’s place as she hosts all of us crazy ones. Honestly, it’s a highlight of my week. I love it.
I invite you to join us. Don’t have a blog? Feel free to use the comment section below to write your five minutes.
This week’s word:
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 6:8
Fast forward a few years. I was sitting in a different church, and my Bible study leader asked a similar question, as we were studying the account of Jonah. She asked, “What if God would send you to Nineveh. Would you go?” I remember–as if it was two days I ago–I silently prayed, “God, please don’t ever send me to Nineveh.”
I never wanted to face that decision.
That same year, however, you guessed it. God sent me to “Nineveh.”
I recalled the Isaiah verse from my little girl memory, but this time, it made sense to me.
God was calling me to a life of serving Him.
How could I say no?? After all He had done for me? After how He transformed my heart, my soul, my life??
I gave up my will, and with a somewhat reluctant heart, I said, “Yes, send me. I’ll go.”
My Nineveh wasn’t across the seas, and I never left familiar soil. But I did walk into unfamiliar ground, with unfamiliar people, in an unfamiliar role. But I wasn’t alone. God equipped me to love those whom most wouldn’t love. He gave me a heart for the hurting. He opened my eyes to the reality of homelessness and addiction.
My life would never be the same. I’m thankful I said yes. “Nineveh” ended up being a beautiful place.
Could God be asking you, “Whom shall I send?” Is He tugging on your heart to venture into something new? Could He be calling you to serve Him wholeheartedly, maybe even in Nineveh??
Friend, say yes. Go. Go where He is sending you. God will be with you, and He’ll bless you beyond measure.
Whom shall God send??
Okay, I wrote for seven minutes. My heart was so full!
God bless you!
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