9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down, and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant hears.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 And the Lord came and stood, calling as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant hears.”1 Samuel 3:9-10, ESV
In 1 Samuel 3, we see this almost-comical situation. The Lord is calling out to Samuel, but Samuel has never heard the Lord before. Naturally, he assumes that Eli is calling him. When you hear someone call your name, your first guess is probably that it was someone in the next room, not the Creator of the universe. With Eli’s help, Samuel is able to respond correctly on the fourth try.
How many tries would it take God to reach you? Maybe we don’t hear an audible voice, but we can experience God calling us in different ways. We can feel the guidance of the Holy Spirit. When the Lord calls, we should all strive to respond the way Samuel does. “Speak, for your servant hears.”