Happy Sunday, dear friends! Whatever day you may have, know “This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!” (Psalm 118:24).
Have you been able to worship with fellow believers? I hope and pray so! That is the best of times and a glimpse of heaven.
I’ve had a busy week and then taught the 1st and 2nd grade Sunday morning class today. We had 18 children ranging from quiet little girls with their long hair in beautiful bows and ponytails to a tangle of exuberant little boys, one bearing a toy car and another a cast on a broken arm. Their personalities were a kaleidoscope of God’s workmanship and a reflection of His personality.
Imagine our Creator first fashioning a spider to make a delicate web.(That’s those quiet, careful little girls.)
Now imagine the power behind His creation of mountains, waves, and wind.
(That’s those exuberant little boys.)
This morning, we heard the story of Samuel hearing God calling him. Some of the children were a little distracted, but others heard the story with wide eyes and open hearts. Then we colored Samuel sitting upright in his bed. Samuel’s hair was sometimes brown, sometimes green, every color in between, and even gold. His blanket was either orange or blue or brown or a swirling mix of several different colors.
Through it all, that message embedded itself in their little minds. Eager ones jumped to pretend to be Samuel, to shout “Samuel” with a deep voice, or to be Eli. There was rejoicing and gladness, and I can’t help but wonder if–as they go to sleep tonight–they may wonder if they will hear God calling them as He called Samuel.
But most of all, I hope they remember that God–that Jesus–does call each one of us. We just have to be listening. Not listening with headphones singing, televisions shouting, on telephones, or with busy minds–but listening with open, humble and contrite hearts to His word.
“He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Matthew 11:15
“My sheep hear my voice and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27
Listen for His voice, as David did in the storm and in the thunder. (Psalm 29:3)
Listen for His voice, as Elijah did in the thin silence. (1 Kings 19:11-13)
Listen for His voice in the words of Jesus in the gospel of Matthew.
And when we hear those words, let’s determine anew to base our thoughts and our actions–to build our life–on them. (Matthew 7:24-27) Let’s rejoice and be glad. Let’s listen and follow, whatever the day He has made.