Hearing the Call

One morning this week I woke up to the sound of the wind blowing through my bedroom window. They were open because the unseasonably warm weather made for a perfect opportunity for a little night air in the room, but I can’t say that howling wind was what I had in mind.

When the wind (and the subsequent rattling of my window and blinds) woke me up, it was in the morning hours before the alarm was set to go off (lets just say… really early!) but for some reason I could not go back to sleep. I was tired and I wanted to sleep more, but something was keeping me from rolling over and getting another 30 minutes in. I opened my eyes and thought about it. Something inside of me knew what it was. So I got up.

You’re probably familiar with what I’m talking about. It is a gentle tugging at your insides that has the ability to overrule any other need that your mind and body may have. You may or may not know the reason, but you know that it’s important. It can come at any moment, and is often at an inconvenient time. It is “the call.”

In 1 Samuel 3, the young boy Samuel was called by God in the middle of the night. He thought it was his master Eli calling him, but when he went and asked he was immediately sent back to bed. After the third time this happened, the old priest finally realized that God was calling to Samuel. He gave him instructions that if he heard the voice again, he was to say “Speak, your servant is listening.” When Samuel did that, God revealed Himself and a very important prophecy of what was to come. What a beautiful picture of discovering the voice of God. The acknowledgement of God’s voice and the posture of listening opened the door for Samuel to hear the message that the Lord had for him. But before he could hear, he had to answer when God called him.

So what about you? What do you do when you hear the call? Maybe it’s been a while since you’ve heard it. Maybe you’ve grown accustomed to dismissing the call as the mere sound of wind.

Sometimes our preoccupation with our own “stuff” makes it difficult to stop and say “Speak Lord, your servant is listening,” but I can assure you that when you respond to the call the rewards are treasures indeed. You will never regret the decision to hear His voice. The psalmist wrote in Psalm 42: “Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls.” Sometimes I feel like a thirsty hiker wandering lost in the woods. But when I hear the sound of the waterfall, I don’t have to think long about what I need to do to get a drink.

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