Listening in the Silence

God’s call of Samuel is a story that is simply a delight.   It is like so many other stories that have lines that repeat.  Like a child that just loves playing peak-a-boo over and over again, so God’s gentle call to Samuel in the night repeats over and over.  

Samuel listened because his soul was quiet, empty.  He didn’t have lots of stuff to distract him.  Now there’s something we can all think about.  There needs to be times of pure quiet as we wait for God to say something to each of us; we need to listen in the silence.   Perhaps we don’t get what God wants to say to us in the first listening.  Again and again God will gently whisper God’s love and call for us until, like focusing a camera, we can see and hear what God wants.

So careful was Samuel to listen to God that no word of God fell worthless to the ground. May our words flow carefully from our mouths, so that none of them will be worthless—or words we wish we could suck back into our mouths!

  1 Samuel 3

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