Date: June 3, 2018
What does it mean to be called or to have a calling? How do we discern the voice of God? What am I called to, what are we called to? We think about these sorts of questions this week as we hear the story of the call of Samuel. This is a beautiful little story, of how hard it is to know when God is calling.
Samuel is said to be about the age of 12 years when he becomes the assistant of the priest Eli. In the middle of the night, Samuel hears his name, “Samuel, Samuel” and goes running into Eli’s room, assuming, of course, that Eli was calling. But he is met with Eli mumbling, “Go back to bed! You’re dreaming!” Samuel settles into sleep and again the same thing happens. Well, as the saying goes, the third time’s a charm, Eli realizes what we as the readers/listeners know all along, that this is God calling!
What a wonderful story of how God was made manifest in an old man’s and a young boy’s life, that “Ah Ha!” moment when they finally get what was going on!