“This is how you are to eat it: with your loins girt, sandals on your feet and your staff in hand, you shall eat like those who are in flight. It is the Passover of the LORD." Ex 12:11
When God promised the Israelites he would free them from Egyptian slavery, he told them they must be ready to leave at a moments notice. They should have their sandals on, their loins bound up and a staff in hand. When God calls, we must be ready, and no matter what God asks, we must say yes.
Most of the time, unfortunately, we fail in this regard. Our minds are cluttered with things to do, people to see, and mountains to climb. So concerned with our own agenda, we fail to hear God's call to be ready to let go of our own affairs if we want to reach the promised land. More important, when we are self absorbed, we miss the importance of Jesus kneeling and washing the feet of his apostles.
Mary, the Mother of Jesus, is the exemplar of service and letting go, not only of her own dreams, but of her will. Called by God to be the mother of the Messiah, she questions, wonders aloud about her role, admits her fear and says yes. Mary's willingness to hear God's invitation reminds us to be alert to God's voice and to pray for the faith to respond no matter how difficult God's call might feel.
Today, serve someone who doesn't deserve it. See what happens.
Why do you need to make yourself ready to respond to the Lord when he calls?