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Ruined. Purified. Responding.

In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”

And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost (undone, ruined); for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” Isaiah 6:1-8

Like Isaiah, when he saw the Lord, I continue to come unraveled when I read this passage. My mind can hardly conjure up what took place in this encounter, but I love to imagine. Although it is far greater than my thinking, it fully engages my emotions.  I can relate to the holiness of the Lord and the grace he has provided causing me to buckle at my knees and come completely undone.  I can taste the filth of my lips and feel the darkness of my heart and remember the cleansing, not just once and for all, but every day, of the coal purifying my sin as he says it is accomplished.  your guilt is taken away.  your sin atoned for.

Ruined.  Undone.  Unraveled.

Cleansed.  Purified.  Righteous.

Standing.  Responding.  Send me.

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