God's Nudgings

Trudy Maassen Vander Haar

READ : 1 Samuel 3:1-10

Meditating in my favorite spot beside the lake, I noticed a big black crow just a few feet from me. I recognized him as a neighborhood pet (pest?) called “Charlie.” “Here, Charlie!” I called, and he hopped up on my lap expecting a reward. I had nothing to give him. He let me pet him and stroke his feathers, but obviously he wanted something more.

Charles didn’t give up easily. He poked in my pockets, nipped my Bible, loosened my shoestrings and finally flew off with one of my papers, so I had to chase him. I moved to another spot. I had just settled there when, sure enough, there was Charlie! There was nothing I could do but go in for breakfast and fill my pockets with something to share with Charlie.

In a way, the Holy Spirit is like that. We invite Him into our lives and then try to go on our own way. But the Spirit doesn’t leave us alone, continuing to nudge us to get our attention and prod us to action.

In Samuel’s day a “word from the Lord was rare… visions were infrequent.” I know only a few people who’ve had visions, but God speaks to us in many ways: reports of current world catastrophes and local disasters, pain in our church families or our own, pleas for help by indigent “neighbors,” or just persons brought to mind all God’s nudgings. Do we say, “Speak, for your servant is listening”?


Thanks, God, for Your nudgings. Open our ears, hearts and hands to listen, love and serve. In Jesus’ name. Amen.