1Sa 2:18-19 But Samuel ministered before the LORD, being a child, girded with a linen ephod. Moreover his mother made him a little coat, and brought it to him from year to year, when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.
In our text today we are introduced to a very tender and passionate portrait of a mother and son. Hannah had spent the early years of her marriage to Elkanah barren. God has closed up her womb to bring her to a place of deep petition to Him. Here is a truth that would be good for us to hold close. When troublesome times come to our life there is always a divine purpose behind them. Had not Hannah suffered the sorrow of bareness and the scorn of her rival Peninnah she would not have sought the Lord with such depth and passion. Do not waste the moments of trial for they are more precious than gold.
God at length did answer Hannah’s prayers and she bore a son and gave him the name, Samuel. Once the child was weaned she honored her vow and ‘lent’ him back to the Lord. She would visit her son each year as they traveled to the Temple. In those intervening months between her visits with Samuel she occupied her time with making a cloak for him.
God had given young Samuel a linen ephod but Hannah would give him a ‘little coat.’ This was a small expression of a mother’s love that would ensure Samuel never forgot his origins and that he had a dear mother that loved him and prayed for him. Amid all the important duties of the Temple and eventually as a prophet he would never forget the love of his mother. Each time he reached for his coat to launch out on another round of his preaching circuit he was reminded of his mother’s love.
Samuel would eventually go the way of all the earth and find rest with spirits of just men made perfect. Until one moment when he was summoned by the witch at En-dor. It is wonderful and warming to note the description of Samuel—-1Sa 28:14 …And she said, An old man cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle. …
The observation is very simple. The impressions of a godly mother will have an eternal effect on her child. When it was time to let him go to the Lord she remained as close as the garment he wore. A godly mother is never far away. Today, if the Lord has given you children or someone to love intimately then make today count for eternity!