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!”
- Isaiah 6:4-8
Yes, yes, yes, I’ll say yes
Whatever you ask me, I’ll say yes
Go, Lord I’ll go
Go, Lord I’ll go
Wherever you ask me, Lord I’ll go
You lead and I will follow
I know you hold tomorrow
Lord, make of me one big yes
Wherever this road takes us
Lord even if it’s just us
I surrender, Lord, it’s yes
Lord, I’ll say yes
Lord, I’ll say yes
Lord, I will say yes (I’ll say yes)
Whatever you ask me
- Larry Gatlin, Yes
I saw the Gaither Vocal Band’s latest video. This song, mentioned in the video as a collaboration between Bill Gaither and Larry Gatlin, was so simple, but beautiful at the same time.
But as I listened to the song over and over again, it means something different in so many situations. The five members of the vocal band have smiles on their faces. They are thinking of the Joy and Praise that they feel when they are on stage spreading the Gospel in song. But what happens when they are asked to go preach the Gospel in a part of the world that preaching the Gospel will result in persecution? In other words, saying “Yes” to an invitation to join the choir takes much less commitment to saying “Yes” to a one-way ticket to evangelize in a country where Christians are persecuted, but both are saying “Yes” to a call from God.
Then there is the story of Isaiah. He had the ear of Hezekiah. Isaiah was not a beggar shouting that the world was coming to an end. Isaiah travelled in influential circles. Once Isaiah was assured that God’s word would be placed in his mouth, he boldly said “Yes.” But Hezekiah’s son Manasseh was not just a bad king, he was despicable. He sacrificed children in the valley of Ben Hinnom. It is said in the Talmud that Isaiah hid inside a hollow tree, but the fringe of his robes betrayed him, and Manasseh had the tree sawn down, cutting Isaiah in half. Manasseh would repent late in his life, but there was too much blood shed until that point.
My wife’s health is failing. We have hope that there will be recovery, but the night before she was to get the dialysis port installed, she said that she did not wish to wake up the next morning. If God was asking her to do this, she would have said “Woah, wait a minute. Let’s rethink this.” She asked the nurse, as they were wheeling her into open-heart surgery, “Is it too late to change my mind?” Everyone laughed, but I am not convinced that my wife was joking.
When it comes to passing away, we all wish to simply not wake up the next day.
My wife had done some research on the possible maladies that could be causing her kidneys to fail. She told me that I should be prepared. “One day soon, I could wake up dead!” I smiled, thinking that if she were dead, she would not wake up. She saw my smile and said, “Don’t laugh! This is not some simple deadly disease. It’s really fatal!” That’s when I did laugh.
I replied, “You will wake up dead, because the disease that you might have, but you aren’t sure, is beyond deadly, and is truly fatal. Yes, I understand.”
Then she said, “I could be dying, and you are making fun!” No, I just repeated what she’d just said, but none of us are jumping up and down saying, “Yes, Lord, that’s the way I want to go, slowly and painfully.”
Yet, so many saints have gone to foreign lands and lost their lives spreading the Gospel.
They each said, “Yes.”
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.