In her deep distress and anguish, Hannah prays. She cries out to God with groans and sighs and the silent moving of her lips. I can picture her maybe shifting from foot to foot; perhaps her head is bobbing in a steady rhythm as she prays. Hannah is so lost in her prayer that Eli, the priest, assumes she is drunk.
One can also get lost in God because you are so in love with Him. King David, filled with the Spirit, danced and sang before the Lord. Almost as if to some of the horrified onlookers, David said he would become even more undignified than this. In a huff of embarrassment or disgust, some stormed away.
Although the content of their prayers are on the opposite end of the spectrum, Hannah and David have much in common. First and foremost is their absolute passion for God and their relationship with Him. Second, they pour out their hearts in reckless abandon – they do not care one bit what others think – it is just them and God.
On occasion one enters into this space. Maybe it is during a hymn or song and suddenly tears arr streaming down the cheeks and the heart is filled with the presence of God. Maybe it is when one steps out for God and offers an act of compassion or mercy for another. Afterwards, one looks back and thinks, ‘I can’t believe I did that.’
This day may we each encounter God in a special, life-changing way. Allow God to lead. Walk where He leads.
Scripture reference: 1 Samuel 1: 9-20