Our scripture reading for this coming Sunday is 1 Samuel 3.
There must have been days when the young Samuel wondered what his mother had gotten him into. He had spent virtually his whole childhood assisting in the temple at Shiloh, training to become a full-time servant of God, loyally waiting on the priestly family of Eli — but not once had he perceived God’s presence in the temple or God’s purpose for his life. Samuel had been dedicated to God, but where was God? What was he supposed to do now?