Since Isaiah is one of the major prophets (named "major" not because he was any more important than the others, but because his writings are more extensive), we are spending two weeks talking about this prophet. We began the night with a game called "Keeping it Positive". Everyone was given a clothespin to attach to their clothing. Throughout the night, if you caught anyone saying the word "No" you got their clothespin.
How does this relate to Isaiah? Well, when God asked Isaiah "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" (Isaiah 6:8), Isaiah immediately responds, "Here am I. Send me!" We discussed how we often do not respond like Isaiah when God calls us to something. We tend to respond more like "Welllllll God. That all depends on what exactly you want me to do and where exactly you want me to go. I mean, could you give me a little more details before I give you an answer?" And then sometimes we just flat out say "NO WAY!" We talked about the places we are afraid God might send us, the things we're afraid God might want us to do, and the stuff we're afraid God might want us to give up. Ultimately we realize, though, that God will never ask us to do something and then leave us to do it alone! God is always with us!
We played a fun game called "back draw" which is similar to the game telephone, but instead of whispering a message in someone's ear, you had to draw a picture or word on the back of the person in front of you with your finger. The last person in the line had to draw the picture or word on a piece of paper, and the team with the best drawing that was closest to the original won. We drew the words YES, CALL and a picture of a stick figure "prophet". It ended up being harder than it seems!
So, your challenge this week is: when you feel God calling you to do something, respond with a resounding YES like the prophet Isaiah! Comment on this post with how you are doing!