Radical Availability

by Beth A Richardson on August 28, 2016

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By Stephen Bryant, Janice Grana, and Marjorie Thompson

Where are you hearing God’s call? What are you hearing God calling you to be and do? There are two sides to God’s call in the Bible and in our lives. God calls us to give our all, to be God’s people always. But God calls us to do so in particular ways here and now: to take up a task, assume a responsibility, or devote our lives to meeting a real need in the service of Christ. This is how we align our lives with God’s will in the world.

The story of Moses’ call in Exodus 3 and 4 illustrates both sides of the call. Listening carefully to this story can help us refocus on where we are hearing God’s call in our lives.


Read Exodus 3:1-14; 4:1, 10.

Part 1
“I must turn aside and look at this great sight.”

Spend a few minutes turning aside to look at “burning bushes” in your life. Recall one to three luminous moments, penetrating insights, persistent concerns, or compelling encounters with human need that continue to speak to you of your calling in Christ. What is the common theme that you see or calling that you hear?

Part 2
“Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh?”

What are your fears about heeding the call that you hear? Write a list of your “Who am I?” feelings: reservations, objections, feelings of inadequacies, doubts, or obstacles.

Close with this portion of Psalm 56 as your prayer.

O Most High,
when I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I am not afraid.…
This I know, that God is for me.
In God, whose word I praise …
in God I trust; I am not afraid.

Part 3

Talk with a trusted friend, pastor, or spiritual director, or write in your journal, about what you have learned from this exercise about God’s calling.

Credit: Adapted from Companions in Christ Leader’s Guide by Stephen Bryant, Janice Grana, and Marjorie Thompson. Copyright © 2006 by Upper Room Books. Used with permission.

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