Today’s readings (click below to open in new tab/window):
Psalms 51; 148, 1 Samuel 3:1-21, Acts 2:37-47, Luke 21:5-19
What do you feel called to do?
To leave behind a legacy – a lasting work that will be remembered long after you’re gone? To make the most of this life through travel, friendship, love, art, or memories forged? To stillness and simplicity, an empyting of the self that allows you to simply be? So many possibilities. Could it be that ultimately all these callings are in pursuit of the same thing?
Young Samuel, who had served under Eli at the temple in Shiloh, had a literal calling from the Lord. Twice one night the Lord called to him, but both times Samuel mistook the voice for Eli, and twice Eli sent him back to his room. The third time the Lord called, Eli realized what was going on and told Samuel to say, “Speak, for your servant is listening.“
The message the Lord had for Samuel was one of destruction for Eli and his corrupt sons, who abused the priesthood and their nation. Eli seemed resigned to his fate, saying only, “It is the LORD; let him do what seems good to him.”
Aren’t we all called to contentment and a feeling of completeness? We can head down a lot of wrong roads trying to figure out where that call is leading us. Accomplishments – of wealth, fame, creativity, etc. – for their own sake never quite get us there; it seems there’s always one more hurdle to leap before the finish line. Even when we are doing our best to serve the Lord it can seem like we’re knocking on all the wrong doors. If someone doesn’t prompt us to pause and take stock, we may never ask whether we’re answering the right call.
Eli, for all his failings, finally understood the most peaceful thing we can do is trust and obey God. Does that mean not having to make any effort? To the contrary, it make take a whole lot of effort, but as Christ assures us his burden is light.
That hole in your heart isn’t waiting to be filled by God. It’s where God waits to be found.
Comfort: Sometimes you can find out where you need to go when you stop moving for a little while.
Challenge: Keep a diary of how you spend your time. What does it tell you about your priorities?
Prayer: Speak, for your servant is listening.
Discussion: What kind of activity do you find the most fulfilling?
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