The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare;there were not many visions.
One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place.The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of theLord, where the ark of God was.Then the Lord called Samuel.
Samuel answered, “Here I am.”And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down.
Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
“My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.”
Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.
A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak,Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”
Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
1 Samuel 3:1-10
When I was a senior in High School I began visiting the colleges I had dreamt of going to. I looked at two big State schools and one Christian school (to appease my mother). I wanted to to go to one of the State Schools, I knew many people going there, I liked the town feel, it was a popular choice. I was pretty well set on it.
Until I visited the Christian school and I didn’t really know how to compare the two. I knew without a doubt that THAT was where I was supposed to be.
When I went home I almost changed my mind, the state school was the popular choice, people knew where it was and what it was, and I would know a lot of people there. So I swayed in my decision.
But when the acceptance letter for the Christian college came, I knew that that was where I was supposed to be.
When I got there it was only confirmed. It was easily one of the best decisions in my life. But I can’t really take credit for it, God called me there.
From that year on my desire and prayer was to be willing to GO and DO whatever God had in mind for me.
Some days I still second guessed God but when I knew where God wanted me and I went I never doubted it when I was there. I felt the presence of God and knew I was doing His will.
That prayer and desire it still there: To GO and DO whatever God has in store. Sometimes I’m not really sure what He wants. He doesn’t seem to tell me right when I want Him to. And he doesn’t have a daily plan- first go to this place, then say hello to that girl over there, etc. But when He calls I listen. Even if listening means I change my mind a few times.
A friend used to call it being “hit by the holy two by four” when you stray or don’t listen and God has to say “Listen to me!”
Is God calling you today? Is He going to have to use the holy 2×4?