“And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” -Isaiah 6:8
As a kid growing up in the seventies, I used to beg to stay up past my curfew to watch the sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter”. The show was based on a high school teacher who teaches a group of misfit kids who are growing up in the projects. One of the lead characters was a student name Arnold Horshack. Although I can’t recall much of the television show, I can vividly remember Horshack’s eagerness to answer Mr. Kotters questions. He would raise his hand and wave it back and forth just as fast as he can, all the while screaming “EWWW, EWWWW, EWWWW, pick me Mr. Kotter”. Although it became annoying due to the unusual tone of his voice, I always appreciated his eagerness to step up to the plate and answer the question. In our reading for the day, The LORD asks a very important question as He is seeking to bring Israel back into good standing. “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”. I bet it didn’t take very long for Isaiah to shoot his hand up and wave it back and forth, in hopes that the LORD would notice him. His response was not as annoying as Horshack’s; in fact it was music to the ears of the LORD. The Lord is looking for eagerness among us. We all know there is a need, yet the laborers seem to be few. The next time you hear of a need that needs to be met, or someone looking for a volunteer, why not follow the example of Isaiah and say, “Here I am, use me!”.