There's a lot going on in today's passage but I'm only going to focus on a couple of things.
As a side note, Elkanah's attempt to comfort Hannah during her inability to conceive showed a pretty major lack of understanding women!
Anyway, the first thing that stood out to me was Hannah's willingness to give back to God the very thing she had so desperately wanted in the first place - her child. How difficult it must have been to leave Samuel at the temple at such a young age, particularly with it being common knowledge that Samuel was lacking in the parenting department, to put it mildly. She didn't grasp on to her dream with both hands, going back on her vow, and keeping her son at home with her, as she easily could have justified herself doing. Instead, recognizing that Samuel was not just a gift of God's but that he was God's, she gave Him what was never truly hers anyway.
Do we do that? With our children? Our spouses? Our jobs? Our houses? Our stuff?! Do we grasp them so tight that they are all but useless for Kingdom work? Or do we steward everything God's given us as the temporary gifts that they are, acknowledging that their purpose is to glorify God and they are to be "used" as God intended?
The story of God calling Samuel has always struck me as somewhat humorous, but today I also realized that we all need to be listening for God's voice, even in the ordinariness of life. And then need to be willing to act on it! Relaying God's words to Eli must have been extremely hard for a young Samuel to do, but he did it anyway. Are we willing to live with such integrity and boldness?
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: 1 Samuel 4-8