On July 22, 2012, I was attending church with my family. The music director, Bob Mervak, asked us to open our songbook to page 700 to sing "The Summons". I was quite surprised that when I opened it at random, I had opened to page 700. There were no bookmarks or bent pages to lead my fingers there. Because it was at church, and because I had already spent 15 minutes in a prayerful way, opening myself to the holy spirit and His message to me, I took it as meaningful. I felt as if the meaning was, "I'm here. Pay attention to this hymn."
Some more background before I get to the words of the hymn. I have been making myself more and more available to God over the last two years, and feel as if I need to offer a larger portion of my time to promote his kingdom than what I'm currently doing. I have been struggling with how I could accomplish that, and doubting it would matter. So what I read next, I took as a confirmation that He wants me to keep going in this direction.
Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don't know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown?
Will you let my name be known, will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?
Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?
Song by Graham Maule and John L Bell
Royal Oak, Michigan