“For you created my inmost being…All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be,” ~ Psalm 139:13, 16
© 2016 Lynn Abbott
Looking around us, we see vast possibilities; we may even admire and long for gifts that other people possess; we seek to climb distant mountains instead of treading the paths immediately before us.
Perhaps, this is one of the reasons that Abba recorded Samuel’s story for us. I dunno.
But when I read of Samuel’s God-encounter, I recognize that you and I are often called to plant and harvest Abba’s grace right where we are.
That certainly was the case for Samuel, a young temple boy.
One ordinary evening, Samuel lay in the temple… tired after his long day of temple service. Eli, the High Priest, napped in his usual place.
Life followed a familiar routine. Nothing unexpected ever happened.
Thus, Samuel did not suspect anything out of the ordinary when he heard a voice call: “Samuel!”
Samuel ran to Eli to discover what might be required.
But Eli hadn’t called and so the aging priest responded as many parents do; he told Samuel to go back to bed.
But the boy returned three more times to ask if Eli had called.
I imagine that Eli shook the sleepy fog from his head just in time.
I Samuel 3:8 records, “Then Eli realized that the LORD was calling the boy.”
That’s right. God called Samuel right where he was.
For Samuel, the temple may not have seemed a glamorous place. After all, it was home. And the familiar is often overlooked.
Yet, God called Samuel… right there; right then.
Yes, Abba often calls with a gentle whisper. His leading–soft and gentle like filtered light–breaks through our ordinary and all-too-daily fog.
Abba regularly calls you and me to the obvious.
And like Samuel, we find significance when we accomplish small things with great grace and love.
Right here. Right now. Simple as that.