Have you ever had a nagging and uneasy constant feeling? You know a feeling like someone is watching you, calling you or talking about you? How about a restless night where you just couldn't sleep, eat or rest no matter what?
Many of us if we are honest with ourselves experience days, nights and times like these. Usually we feel like this when we are under great stress, busy times, or during times of extreme worry. We find ourselves unable to rest or have any sense of peace because all of these other things are on our minds and are receiving all of our attention.
In our text for reflection today we focus on Samuel. Samuel was also unable to rest because of that nagging feeling.
Let's look to 1st Samuel 3:1-20
1 -3The boy Samuel was serving
4 -5 Then
Samuel answered, "Yes? I'm here." Then he ran to Eli saying, "I heard you call. Here I am."
Eli said, "I didn't call you. Go back to bed." And so he did.
Samuel got up and went to Eli, "I heard you call. Here I am."
Again Eli said, "Son, I didn't call you. Go back to bed." (This all happened before Samuel knew
That's when it dawned on Eli that
Samuel answered, "Speak. I'm your servant, ready to listen."
15 Samuel stayed in bed until morning, then rose early and went about his duties, opening the doors of the sanctuary, but he dreaded having to tell the vision to Eli.
16 But then Eli summoned Samuel: "Samuel, my son!"
Samuel came running: "Yes? What can I do for you?"
17 "What did he say? Tell it to me, all of it. Don't suppress or soften one word, as God is your judge! I want it all, word for word as he said it to you."
18 So Samuel told him, word for word. He held back nothing.
Eli said, "He is
Samuel was unable to sleep because he felt that Eli was calling him to do something, his nagging feeling (he thought) was Eli calling him to do something. But Samuel was wrong, he was focused on the wrong thing and person in Eli. We are at times like Samuel and we remain focused on the wrong things, people and content doing our usual busy work which does not help us. We continue to do the same things and get the same results, more sleep lost and fall deeper into despair.
Instead of the behavior above we too should heed the wisdom and words of Eli, we should sit back, listen, let go and let God work on us, work with us and work through us.
When we get that nagging feeling maybe it's God trying to get our attention and lead us out of our current situation to do ministry for the building of the kingdom of God.
This week brothers and sister lets focus more on hearing the voice of God in our life, than our problems and issues. Let's allow God to direct our steps in all aspects of our life.
Until tomorrow, Be Well.