Tuesday, December 8, 2015 

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 

If I were to have to choose my favorite hymn, it would most assuredly be Here I Am, Lord. I am brought to tears every time I hear it and feel the need to apologize to those around me whenever we sing it as I blubber, garble and choke my way through the three verses. While I am deeply moved by a number of hymns and Christian songs, Here I Am, Lord speaks to me like no other. And I’ve often wondered why.

One of my fears has been that God would speak to me in that “still small voice” and I would miss it. I remember my friend, Lucinda, talking about hearing God’s voice as she made decisions in her life and feeling God call her to whatever that next step should be for her life. I would joke and say that I was so dense that God would need to hit me over the head with a sledge hammer to get my attention. And I would continue to worry and fret that God was speaking to me and I was missing it. What could I do to make sure that my ears were open to his voice?

But, as I’ve grown in my faith, I’ve learned that it’s not my ears that need to be open, but my heart. God speaks to me all the time, but I need to ready myself to receive those messages. It is through reading of the scriptures, meditation, and most importantly, prayer, that God opens my eyes, ears and heart to his will for me. Sometimes it comes like a sledge hammer and sometimes it is as a still small voice. But, it is when I am most intentional about my preparation that I am most alert to God’s voice and am most prepared to respond, “Here I Am, Lord.”

-Susan Painter 

Prayer: Father God, Help me to stay in communication with you through prayer and by studying your word so that I am open and willing to your plans for me. And give me the faith and strength to respond to you, Here I Am! Amen