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In leaning on the words of Isaiah 6:9-10, KS Kapālama Kahu Manu Naeʻole KSK’96 reminds us that no matter where we find ourselves, especially if perception and reality are not matching, always continue to do good and declare to Ke Akua, “Here I am!”

Weekly devotional: Dreams and reality

Oct. 21, 2022

Contributed by KS Kapālama Kahu Manu Naeʻole KSK’96

Ka Ipu o Lono shares weekly devotionals to provide spiritual enrichment to members of the Kamehameha Schools ‘ohana. For more inspiration, visit the KS “Our faith” website.

Heluhelu Baibala
ʻĪ maila ia, “Ō hele, e ʻōlelo aku i kēia poʻe kānaka: ‘I ka lohe ʻana, e lohe nō ʻoukou, ʻaʻole naʻe e hoʻomaopopo, I ka ʻike ʻana, e ʻike nō, ʻaʻole naʻe e akāka ka ʻike ʻana.’ “E hoʻopalaka i ka naʻau o kēia poʻe kānaka, E hoʻokuli i ko lākou pepeiao, A e hoʻopaʻa i ko lākou maka; O ʻike ko lākou mau maka, A lohe hoʻi ko lākou mau pepeiao, A hoʻomaopopo ko lākou naʻau, A huli lākou, a hoʻōla ʻia mai lākou.” – ‘Isaia 6:9-10

He said, “Go and tell this people: “‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’ Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” – Isaiah 6:9-10

He manaʻo o ke kahu
Would you like to win an all-expense paid vacation? Here I am. What if this vacation is to Antarctica in the middle of winter? Do you still want to go? Would you like to win the lottery? Here I am. What if you had to give away all your winnings to people you did not know? Do you still want to win? Would you like to spend a day at the beach? Here I am. What if the beach's location was near shark-infested waters and you could not go swimming? Do you still want to go? Sometimes, our dreams and perceptions can differ from reality, and when we find our reality is worse than our dream, we feel like running away.

God called out to the prophet Isaiah, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” Isaiah replied, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isa 6:8). There is no indication of Isaiah’s perception in understanding God’s call, and God quickly jolts Isaiah when he tells him all that will be required to follow God’s call. “Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes” (Isa 6:10). Would you like to run this kind of ministry?

Sometimes our dream and perception of work do not match the reality of what God is asking of us. In those moments when it feels like God is calling us to dull the ears of someone, it can be challenging to push forward. The prophet Isaiah asked God how long he would have to tell the people God’s message, and God answered, “until the cities lie ruined and without inhabitants” (Isa 6:11). Sometimes, we can feel like giving up when dreams and reality do not match.

Paul's message to the church in Galatia can give us hope when life is complicated. “Let us not grow weary of doing good” (Gal 6:9). Wherever you find yourself today, especially if you find yourself where perception and reality are not matching, continue to do good. Continue to raise your hand and say, “Here am I.”

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