For me, the Lord speaking to Samuel is one of the greatest stories of the Old Testament. Samuel was slleeping, after what I am sure was a hard day, working with and for Eli. Samuel was busy, as many of us are, doing the things that need to be done for those we work for as well as for family, and hopefully a bit of time for ourselves. In the business of his day, I am guessing Samuel did not take the time to just sit and be with the Lord and listen to His message. The Lord came to him at night and woke him in order to get Samuel’s attention, but as many of us would do, Samuel thought it was Eli calling him for yet another task. This reading always makes me reflect on how much time I am occupied with the business of work, school, family, and so many other things pulling me in so many different directions that I don’t take enough time to just sit and be so the Lord can speak to me. I have built time every morning to read Scripture and sit in the silence of the house, before everyone else is up, and allow the Lord to speak to me in the silence. This is a time for just Him and me. This time is fruitful and a great way for me to begin my day. I encourage each one of you to take time each day and sit in silence so the Lord can speak to you. Is it easy if you have never done it, no. Take time today, shut off all the electronics and find a quiet place to just be with the Lord. If you have never done this before, just begin by taking three to five minutes, which will seem like a very long time. Quiet your mind, which is not an easy thing to do, but it does get easier with practice. When my mind is racing, I just focus on one word which holds special significance to me and when my mind wanders, I come back to that word. Take the time to do this and I promise, in time, you will be blessed as Samuel was and your words and actions will not be without effect.