How do you think Samuel felt when God called him for the first time? Actually, it took Samuel a few times to realize just who was calling him. At first, he assumed it was Eli the priest who was calling out to him in the night. Samuel went running each time he heard the call to see what Eli wanted but Eli told Samuel, “I didn’t call you my son.”
1 Samuel 3:7-10 (NLT)
7 Samuel did not yet know the Lord because he had never had a message from the Lord before. 8 So the Lord called a third time, and once more Samuel got up and went to Eli. “Here I am. Did you call me?” Then Eli realized it was the Lord who was calling the boy. 9 So he said to Samuel, “Go and lie down again, and if someone calls again, say, ‘Speak, Lord your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went back to bed. 10 And the Lord came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel replied, “Speak, your servant is listening.”
How do you think you would feel if you realized it was the Lord calling to you in the night? Would you be so excited it would be near impossible to go back to sleep or would you be filled with fear thinking, what is He going to ask of me? I probably would be playing twenty questions with myself, what if this or what if that, what if, what if…?
To be honest I don’t exactly remember when I heard the Lord call to me the first time but there is a time I remember the message like I heard it yesterday. I had lost my job and I had been praying for months for His direction in my life. I waited and waited, I heard nothing. My Pastor would ask me anything yet Deb? I’d say not yet. Like I said, this went on for months then one night I had this dream and I was told to go back to school. I woke up and began searching the internet for colleges I could attend. I punched in my information and no word of a lie I received a phone call approximately two hours later to set up an appointment to meet with the admissions office. Two weeks later I was registered and my first classes started in one month’s time.
I was thrilled and scared all at once. It was exciting that God gave me such a clear path to take and scary at the same time. Here I was 44 years old and going back to school, really? Woe, wait just a minute! What am I doing? Then I heard God whisper, “This is where I need you to be right now!” I said, “Okay, God.” God is so amazing because He always knows what we need just when we need it. I was able to witness to so many people and my soul was blessed because of it.
How and what has God called you to do?