The story in Isaiah 6:1-13 – The First Lesson on Trinity Sunday – calls for wow! exclamation. Isaiah is sitting in the temple, and there, he experiences this scenario where the Lord is seated on a throne, surrounded by the heavenly hosts. What he experiences is overwhelming.
One can imagine Isaiah saying, “Wow!”
There is an even more detailed experience recorded by another prophet, Ezekiel (Ezek.1:4-2:1). In this one, Ezekiel probably said, “Wow! Wow!”
Isaiah said, “Woe to me for I am sinful” and Ezekiel fell face down in their experiences. These moments transformed them into the great prophets that they were. Isaiah’s response was, “Here am I. Send me!”
When Jeremiah was called, his response was, “Ah, Sovereign Lord, I do not know how to speak; I am only a child” (Jer.1:6). It echoes Moses in Exodus 3:11, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” Jonah did not only resist, he decided to go the opposite direction of where he was being sent.
What are you hearing or seeing in your life, in your community and in the world? There is a purpose for everything in life. How are you responding to life experiences? Accepting and embracing them or resisting?
The truth is, whatever the experience, it can be transformational, an “aha” moment, a “wow!”