A couple were in a busy shopping center just before Christmas. The husband wandered off as his wife was standing in line, saying something about being back in a little bit. After getting through the line, the husband wasn't back yet and since they still had more shopping to do, the wife called him. The wife said, "Where are you?" He said, "You remember the jewelers we went into about 10 years ago, and you fell in love with that diamond necklace? I couldn't afford it at the time and I said that one day I would get it for you." Tears started to flow down her cheeks and she got all choked up. "Yes, I do remember that shop," she replied. "I'm in the sporting goods store next to that."
“And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged.” Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying “Who shall I send, “and who will go for Us” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” Isaiah 6:7-8
Sometimes our selfishness is blinding! We can be so focused on our wants, needs, desires, and plans that we are oblivious to those around us. Isaiah had been convicted about his sin, he had repented, “I am a man of unclean lips!” He was just agreeing with God about his sinful condition. He was forgiven, his sins removed and it was like he could see and hear for the first time as he heard the Lord calling him to serve. His response was one of surrender, “Here am I, send me.”
We have entered a new year and there is so much for which to be thankful. God has been faithful during our trials and hardships, His presence in our lives has brought strength, joy, peace and hope. And as we stand on the threshold of a new year, let’s enter in with humility, receiving God’s forgiveness for our selfishness and pride, moving forward with eyes full of hope, hearts full of joy and a willingness to serve Him.