An oft quoted verse is Isaiah 6:8 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's response to God's call is what we all want to be: obedient, willing, eager to go wherever God sends us.
Less often do we study what God told Isaiah next. In verses 9-10 He tells Isaiah to go to the people and tell them that they will never understand, and that their country, their Promised land will be utterly forsaken. The people's hearts will be calloused. Wait a minute! How is that a successful ministry? Doesn't God's call guarantee success?
My husband, Gary, and I are both retired. We are ready to go to whatever ministry God calls us in our "golden years." We would love to have a ministry where we see a great impact, where we feel we have made a difference. But will we be willing to go even if God says the people won't listen or understand?
One of my favorite old hymns is "I'll Go Where You Want Me To Go." I hope that is my response, always.