Samuel, who was once a small baby and then a boy in Eli’s care, grew to be a man of faith and prayer, and at this point in God’s Story is now an old man. Times are at a spiritual low for the Israelites and the people join together and clamor for an earthly king. God chooses a tall young man named Saul.
It might not make for the most exciting of coronation ceremonies but it is interesting how Samuel first met Saul. Saul’s dad’s donkeys had gone missing and Saul was sent out to find them. After three days he was about to give up but he heard that a man of God was in the next town. Maybe he could help. Some girls drawing water told Saul, “As soon as you enter the town, you will find him before he goes up to the high place to eat. The people will not begin eating until he comes, because he must bless the sacrifice; afterward, those who are invited will eat. Go up now; you should find him about this time.” Saul found Samuel and Samuel went from blessing the sacrifice to anointing Israel’s first king.
But the Israelites would soon realize that they should have never given up a theocracy by asking for a monarchy. We need to learn to be very wise with our requests.