(Some thoughts from one of our team members Taylor)
I’ve lived in Florida almost my whole life, in early October I made the decision to relocate to Toledo, Ohio to start Anchor Church. For perspective that is sixteen hours and over 1,000 miles from my small hometown in Bushnell, FL where I was born and raised. The thought of being that far away from my home, my family, and everything that I loved, crushed my heart. I was wary and fearful of packing up my life at twenty years old and leaving everything that was comfortable and familiar to me. However, I knew in the depths of my heart that this decision was one that needed to be made in the spirit and not in the flesh. One night while I was praying my mom called me and told me to read this verse.
“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
In this verse Isaiah has only seen God in visions, but when God asks “who will go?” Isaiah’s only reasonable response is to volunteer himself. My favorite part about this verse is that God did not force Isaiah to go, he merely asked who would go, and Isaiah was saying “I will, I am ready.” God doesn’t force us to serve, but He works in our hearts so that we desire to serve the kingdom of God. Serving the kingdom of God is an honor and a privilege.
I would be lying if preparing my heart to leave has been easy, but I would also be lying if I said that God has not guided my every step and blessed me along the way. Every day I am reminded of Isaiah and I am inspired by his willingness to serve God. I am reminded that God’s call on our lives is not always lavish or comfortable, it is an uphill battle and a grind. God never promised “easy”, but he did promise to never abandon us.
My encouragement today is to live a life like Isaiah. Be ready to go and be willing to serve wherever God calls you. Understand that serving the kingdom is not always picture perfect, but rejoice in knowing that God created you for this very moment. Don’t be afraid to serve, don’t be afraid to witness, don’t be afraid to go.