Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory. (Isa. 6:3)

Try to describe the look on a groom’s face when he first sees his bride. The feeling of laughing with a friend until you cry. The beauty of a sunset that took your breath away. The way that special song fills your soul. Some things almost defy human speech and description. We try to convey them, but never quite feel that the other person really gets it.

Isaiah faced just such a moment when he encountered God face-to-face. The Lord’s train filling the room . . . the seraphim in flight . . . the door posts shaking. We can’t imagine the experience. Isaiah was, however, at least able to record the words sung in the throne room, words that expressed what struck him most: God’s holiness and authority. In the midst of the beauty and majesty, grasping these characteristics of God was perhaps the most important thing for Isaiah.

It may be for us, as well. We must see the one who calls us and leads us. We must realize how holy and mighty and glorious He is. Then we can know He can be trusted and followed. He must be trusted and followed. He and only He is worthy and capable of guiding us. We must enter God’s presence and spend time allowing Him to show us who He is. The first step toward leadership begins with awe of the Lord.

Find time to come alone before God and to silently meditate on His holiness.

Diane Gardner lives in the San Francisco Bay area, where she is a writer and freelance editor; leads Bible studies; and enjoys reading, traveling, street fairs, and live theater.

© 2018 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.