Even a Child Can Hear God’s Call (A Family Meditation)

I Samuel 3:2-10

Have you ever heard God’s voice? Do you ever think God speaks to you?

Maybe not like your best friend or mom or dad or brother or sister, or if you’re an adult, your husband or wife.   But, do you ever hear a voice that helps you understand what’s really important in life?

Samuel is a young person; probably ten or so. One night, he goes to bed; he’s tired after a long day of school and immediately he falls asleep. But, something wakes him up. A voice – “Samuel, Samuel.” He’s startled but assumes it’s Eli, the temple priest.

He runs to Eli, but Eli says, “I didn’t call you, go back to bed!” He hears the voice again, and once again runs to Eli, who says “Don’t bother me, go back to sleep.”

Finally, he hears the voice a third time, “Samuel, Samuel.” And, Eli recognizes that Samuel may be telling the truth – he’s hearing a voice and that voice may be coming from God. He tells him to go back to his room and listen: “if you hear the voice again, ask the voice to speak to you and see what happens.”

Could God be calling your name? Could God be calling our

children’names “Elizabeth…Victoria….Jack…James…Alexis….Arybella.”

Would we be able to put down the paper, turn off the television, lay aside a video game, or Facebook? Would we be quiet enough to hear God’s voice?

Often, we think God doesn’t talk to us – we’re too young or too old, or just not smart or good enough. But if God is everywhere, then God is always saying something to us – maybe it’s a dream…or a question you have…or something really good you want to do….or some really bright idea you have….or some wise older person who shares something important with us…..And, then, we listen….

God comes to us in the midst daily life, when we’re simply about our business, expecting nothing more than shopping, a movie, mahjong, golf, work, playing basketball, building a house with Legos, or the morning news. God never quits speaking to us, and we discover God by listening, as Frederick Buechner says, to the lives we have….As the author counsels, “Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”

Life itself is grace – the place where we find God, and God finds us.

We might like Samuel even say, “Speak God, I’m listening to you.” Samuel mattered to God….so much that God spoke to him.

You matter to God, and God is speaking to you….in a quiet way….a loving way…in a voice you can understand….

Listen, you matter…God has something to say to you…. Listen….God is calling your name.