1 Samuel 3:1
Samuel’s Calling and Prophetic Activity
Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.
Reflection by Janet Derby
I have read this story many times. It is one of my favorites, not only because it highlights the call of young people, but also because it is the Scripture reference for one of my favorite hymns, Here I am, Lord. Still, I do not recall ever noticing the first verse. I have at times been in discussions with people about why God seems so present in the Scriptures. During Advent and Christmas, we read much about the visits of angels. Yet here is a time when God’s people felt an absence of God. And to whom does God finally speak? To a young child. Why was that? Was God truly not communicating to the people? Or were they simply not listening? Was Samuel more open to hearing what God had to say? Perhaps if we try to view the world and God’s spirit with fresh eyes and ears, we too would hear God’s call in our lives.
Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard You calling in the night I will go, Lord, if You lead me. I will hold Your people in my heart.