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1 Samuel 3:1b The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.
Samuel lives in a time when a word from the Lord is a rare occurrence; signs and wonders are few and far between. We can relate. In our own day, claiming to hear a voice or experience an epiphany from God is more likely to land you on a psychiatrist’s couch rather than in the prophet’s seat.
We have become less attuned to mystery as a posture of openness. So much of life is spent in a closed circuit—solving problems, managing routines, controlling outcomes. Openness to mystery stands apart from those tasks, making space for everything that hasn’t been considered and accounted for. In this holy space we make for ourselves, we see the movement of God in our midst and hear the Holy Spirit’s voice.
MOVING FORWARD: Have you ever experienced signs and wonders from God? In retrospect, did you dismiss them instead of being open to the mystery of God’s working?