Then the LORD called Samuel. Samuel answered, "here I am!" and he ran to Eli and said "here I am, you called me?" But Eli said, "I did not call, go back and lie down." so he went and lay down. 1st Samuel 3:4-5
I'm reading in 1st Samuel right now and this dialogue between Samuel and God really touched me. Sometimes I will be busy working on something while my husband is also busy working on something, usually in the basement and I will hear someone call my name. I will run to the basement steps thinking my husband needs me for something when infact he never called me at all. I will chalk it up to me hearing things and carry on with my project never giving it another thought.
One day it happened 3 times. Just like Samuel.
I wonder if it was God.....I know it was God. That day I wasn't listening. I heard God call my name and I turned away. I wonder now what He wanted.
He talks to us through His word, do you spend time with Him every day?
He talks to us through Christian music, do you worship Him every day?
He talks to us through a friend, do you have Christian friends in your life you fellowship with regularly?
Do you make yourself available for Him to speak with you? More often then not I'm not quiet enough to hear Him during the day but as soon as my children go down for a nap and I open up His Word I finally quiet myself enough to hear Him and what a sweet voice it is.
Do you hear Him calling you? He wants to talk to you today.
Then Eli realized the LORD was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, "Go and lie down, and if He calls you say, "speak Lord, for your servant is listening." The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, "Samuel, Samuel!" Then Samuel said "Speak, for your servant is listening."
1st Samuel 3:8-10