By: Brittany Fiscus
1 Samuel 2. 18-20, 26
Reflection—v. 19, ‘His mother used to make for him a little robe’
I love the small details that turn up in the scriptures, the random particulars like names or hair color or measurements that make the reader have to wonder ‘why do we need to know this?’ There are so many questions left unanswered in scripture, and yet its stories offer us these minute details that can seem so insignificant to the narrative as a whole. The story of Samuel, the boy promised to God by his otherwise barren mother and raised to become a great prophet who would anoint kings, includes the small detail that his mother used to make him a ‘little robe’ every year and bring it to him. How is that important? How is this small detail significant in the midst of great sacrifices and prophesies? But I think it is in the little details that God speaks to us, that God works through us. Sure, it’s only a ‘little robe’ made by Samuel’s mother, but it’s the robe in which Samuel ministered before the Lord. The gift of a simple article of clothing is included in this story because it mattered. When we cannot be together, small gifts can be a gesture of love, an assurance that our needs are cared for.
Prayer God of big and little things, teach us that everything given in love matters.