The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:10 (NIV)
A child's talking book, the question, Would that sound like the voice of our Lord, Mama?
Birds singing, dogs barking, horses neighing and cows mooing, Can they hear the voice of our Lord, Mama?
Questions with no earthly answer and yet spoken with such a degree of faith and conviction sends me seeking in the Word. Can we hear the voice of our Lord? Yes buddy we can, in everything around us.
A slightly scornful look and a slowly spoken question, But Mama, I mean His own voice! Oh, that!
We sit down and we read Samuel and we read about Moses and when the dove hovered above Jesus with a holy benediction from His Father. We can hear His voice, we can read it and our imaginations and our faith fills in the sounds.
Only a little faith seeker would want to know what His own voice sounds like while struggling, falling, climbing, seeking Mama waits to feel that voice in her heart and in her soul.
He imagines God calling him by name and believes that he would know his voice. I imagine what is felt like to hear it for others. Fearfully, wonderfully, recognized by mind, body and soul. Recognized by all Creation! All His Creation.
My little seeker searches for the touch of His Lord in everything. I search for Him too. What I find is not what he finds. Is it because of my grown up hobbles or because of his childlike faith?
I want, I want to seek like he does. I want, I need to long for that voice like he does, and so I listen. I wait. I seek. I watch his faith grow and I nurture it.
I never want him to doubt his voice seeking and I never want him to forget that the foundation of his faith is built on that Rock of Jesus. I want him to feel, no matter where he is, he can quietly in the night say, Speak Lord, I'm listening.
Now, can I still my own grown up soul and mind long enough to hear that call too? Praying that I can, for us both. I too long to hear the voice of Our Lord.