2018 01 14: We Don't Find the Lord

Epiphanies in the Bible characteristically do not come as the result of our own search.  The word of the Lord comes to young Samuel while he is asleep, in an age when “the word of the Lord was rare,” and “visions were not widespread.”  Samuel, the text says, “did not yet know the Lord.”  And when the word comes, he’s confused by it—no fewer than three times, he jumps up out of a sleepy fog and runs over to Eli saying, “Here I am!  You called?”  Samuel didn’t find the Lord.  The Lord found him.