I was reading in 1st Samuel chapter 3 and, as this chapter always does, it got me reflecting on the presence of God.

The thing that jumps out at me is that Eli was all snug in bed, but Samuel chose to sleep on the temple floor in the presence of God. It’s a beautiful picture of deep calling unto deep!  Samuel would rather sleep on a dusty old floor, close to the Lord’s glory, than be all cozy in bed.  It makes me feel convicted for all the times I hit the snooze button!

What I see is a young man who, somewhere along the way, decided to be a part of God’s life, rather than trying to fit God into his own life (see my earlier blog).  He could have laid in bed whispering prayers.  He could have made a commitment to get up a half an hour earlier for a rousing quiet time, but instead he decided to camp out in God’s presence.

I really does bring Psalm 84:10 to life.  “I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the houses of the wicked.