An Eli Moment
I was reading about Samuel today. He was laying in bed trying to go to sleep when he heard someone call his name. He didn't roll over and ignore the sound. He didn't put his pillow over his ears. He didn't even trudge ungratefully into the next room. No. Samuel ran towards the call. Gosh! He ran towards Eli with enthusiasm and delight. Here I am. What can I do for you? Here I am. Do you want me to get something for you? Here I am? I'm listening. Tell me. It took Eli three times to realize it was God calling out to Samuel. Eli could have grown frustrated with his questions. He could have gotten angry with the interruptions. Eli could have taken advantage of Samuel. When he realized it was God calling on Samuel, he could have felt rejected or envious. He could have, but he didn't. Eli gave instructions and insight into the situation. He told Samuel what was happening and how to handle it. He taught him what he knew and shared his own knowledge, so that Samuel could understand and hear from God himself. When we are in a mentoring relationship we can have this type of moment. Sometimes we are called upon to give instructions. For a time we are called to be a good friend, a knowledgeable mentor and a source of information. We are called to have insight and wisdom. Then, one day, we have to move out of the way. We have to let the other person hear from God themselves. I pray that we all have a Samuel moment. That we can hear the call and run into it. That we can each find an Eli to be a good mentor, full of wisdom and insight. So that one day, we can become an Eli to someone else and when the time comes, move graciously out of the way. 1 Samuel 3: 8-9 MSG "God called again, “Samuel!”—the third time! Yet again Samuel got up and went to Eli, “Yes? I heard you call me. Here I am.” That’s when it dawned on Eli that God was calling the boy. So Eli directed Samuel, “Go back and lie down. If the voice calls again, say, ‘Speak, God. I’m your servant, ready to listen.’” Samuel returned to his bed."