Pivot Points in Scripture: Calls With Clarity…..

The Scripture readings (Isaiah 6: 1-13 and Luke 5: 1-11) for the week of February 7 certainly confront the listener with the reality of transition.  Isaiah just went to pray and was encountered by God.  As God came before Isaiah, God created a Pivot Point experience.  The call to Isaiah to speak on behalf of God would change Isaiah’s life from that day forward.  Peter and the other fisherman had the same type of thing happen to them.  When Jesus tells them that they are about to become fishers of people they find that their lives will never be the same again.  God’s call was clear and it was life-changing.

So it is with us.  God’s call to radical service leads us into places we had no intention of going.  When I agreed to help lead a project on behalf of the church in East Germany I had no idea that my life would change so dramatically.  When a student came and wanted to do an internship overseas I said yes without thinking of all of the ramifications but we did it anyway.  What ensued was an absolutely life changing journey.  Each of these calls and invitations from God led to experiences that none of us expected.  What a joy!  The world opened wide and God’s presence reigned.

I must admit to fear at times.  What am I doing?  Where am I going?  What does this mean?  But as Jesus said to Peter, “Do not be afraid.” so Jesus says to me, “Don’t be afraid.”  God is with us!

In what ways has God called you?  What types of Pivot Points happened in your life that changed the course of your life forever?  Would love to hear from you.  Share your story.

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