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Epiphanies of Recruitment

This week’s episode features Dr. Snider and focuses on Isaiah 6:1-8.

Every Christian has the desire to be useful to God.  We are afraid, however, that God will ask us to do something we won’t like or the demands too much of our time.   Isaiah provides the template for our experiences of being recruited by God for the tasks waiting us.  Few of us realize how the moments recruitment are the path to a meaningful life.

The Meditation text from Emmet Fox has always spoken to me about our reluctance to admit that we may already recognize the seed God has planted.   The passage was written in the mid-20th century and reflects the language used in that era.  Also, Emmet Fox was something of a “fringe” Christian.  Many of his beliefs are not mainstream – in fact, some are a bit odd.  That has not stopped me from plucking out gems of insight, such as the following passage.  

But how is one to find his true place in life?  Is there any means whereby you may discover what it really is that God wishes you to do?  You may feel inclined to say:  “Even if it be true that God has some splendid thing that he wishes me to do, and to be, how can I possibly found out what it is?  Perhaps you may even be tempted to add:  “I am a very plain, everyday sort of person; my circumstances are extremely restricted; the conditions of my life are just drab commonplace.  How then can there be something wonderful, beautiful, splendid awaiting me?  Or, even if there were, how could I possibly get to know about it?”  And the answer is Divinely simple—Already in your past life from time to time, God himself has whispered into your heart just that very wonderful thing, whatever it is, that he is wishing you to be, and to do, and to have.  And that wonderful thing is nothing less than what is called Your Heart’s Desire.  Nothing less than that.  The most secret, sacred wish that lies deep down at the bottom of your heart, the wonderful thing that you hardly dare to look at, or to think about—the thing that you would rather die than have anyone else know of, because it seems to far beyond anything that you are, or have at the present time, that you fear that you would be cruelly ridiculed if the mere thought of it were known—that is just the very thing that God is wishing you to do or to be for him.  And the birth of that marvelous wish in your soul—the dawning of that secret dream—was the Voice of God himself telling you to arise and come up higher because he had need of you.

                                                                                    –From Your Heart’s Desire by Emmet Fox