Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening – a #digidisciple reflection on the call of Samuel from @vahva

This Sunday I have the privilege of attending a service of ordination of deacons at Exeter Cathedral. As I sat down to approach this month’s article, realising we had reached the book of First Samuel, my thought turned first to the boy Samuel and his unusual calling:

10 Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ And Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.’ 11 Then the Lord said to Samuel, ‘See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears of it tingle. – 1 Samuel 3

Now the wise advice of Eli (read Chirpybirdy’s article about this) was to say, when hearing the call of God:

man with headphones

How often, though, do we have this posture of listening? How often do we have this posture of listening when we are online?

Do we expect God to speak to us?

The core of Ignatian Spirituality is ‘finding God in all things’ – this means recognising that the sacred is everywhere – even in online communities. Samuel’s call came unexpectedly. In fact, God called him before he even realised what was going on. Perhaps God is speaking to you already and you don’t even know it.

Find ways to have a posture of listening. It might be in switching off, and having a ‘digital sabbath‘ or, alternatively, it might be in ‘switching on’ to the presence of God, who goes before us, who is ever present, who is there with you on Facebook and in the tweets of those around you.

Pray this with me: ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening’.


About Bryony Taylor

Enthusiast for learning, technology, Christian faith and life! Ordinand in the Church of England - training at Cranmer Hall, Durham.