You go to the cinema and you pause long enough to determine which seat you prefer to sit in, not necessarily for comfort (since the seats are all the same) but because you desire to position yourself in the best possible way to hear and see the movie.
You pay for a class and upon the first day of entering the classroom (be it an academic setting, an art or craft class, or a one-time lecture) you take a moment to determine where you will sit. Factors may enter into your decision like how best you can hear or see the screen or chalkboard or how isolated you might be from interference from others taking the course. You do this in order to maximize the experience and get as much as you can from the class.
Positioning ourselves, orienting ourselves toward the source of information is something we do every day and certainly in moments like those noted above. This is a skill that can serve you well as you ponder your spiritual life. Consider the boy, Samuel.
In our First Sunday Bible Study this past Sunday, we discussed chapters 1-3 of I Samuel and in that narrative there comes a moment when the young boy, Samuel, hears a voice calling his name in the middle of the night. He goes to the high priest, Eli, and says to him, “Here I am, you called me.” Eli, in so many words, tells the boy to go back to sleep. ”I did not call you. Go back to bed.” The third time this happens, Eli realizes that the Lord God is the one beckoning to Samuel. And then we read this in chapter 3:
“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.”
This week, every day if you can, upon awakening, position yourself as Samuel did and say, “Speak, for your servant hears.” The point here is not to pry some mystical experience out of you. You and I may hear nothing like Samuel heard. But the point is to position ourselves in a way that we may hear what God is trying to tell us. And, of course, one way to do that is by worshipping together on Sunday as the Word of God is addressed to all of us through scripture and proclamation. God is calling to us. ~See you Sunday