I was reading through Isaiah the other day and it starts out very typical of an Old Testament Prophet. There are lots of promises of judgements… woe… really some pretty scary stuff. And what I realized through the first few chapters of that book was that there was a tremendous lack of leadership as well. No one was willing to step to the fore front and say, “I will lead.”
As a pastor I follow a lot of blogs and twitter feeds and it seems in our country today there is no lack of leadership… let me clarify… there is no lack of books and blogs and people telling everyone else what makes a good leader. There may in fact be a lack of leadership in our society today, but I think that discussion might be for another day.
But it occurred to me that in Isaiah 6 when Isaiah had this vision of the Lord seated on his throne. And overhears the Trinity having a conversation in which they were looking for a leader on Earth. “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us!” And then Isaiah responds, “Here am I! Send me.” That possibly Isaiah didn’t really know what he was in for. Perhaps he had read to many books that talked about the great joys of leadership and didn’t realize the reality of the situation that he found himself in.
If you look at the very next verse God says, “Great… now go and tell the people that I will hide myself from them so they can’t find me.” Basically the worst message imaginable. I’d imagine that came as a little bit of a surprise to Isaiah and his new found leadership position.
And I wonder… in whatever leadership position that you find yourself currently in, has there been some unexpected surprises? If you knew then what you know now, would you still say, “Here am I! Send me.”
I would love to hear your thoughts.