The story of Lazarus invites us to be the people of light. This is the story of life winning over death. We all have the potential to walk in darkness and we do that sometimes. Not because we want to be in dark, but because lives circumstances take us to places we are not used to or comfortable with. Samuel did not recognize the voice of God because he did not expect to hear it. Not because he did not want to hear it but because he was not clear how that might come about. So for us today it is about us being ready and prepared for God to walk in at anytime and anyplace to bring life and light into our lives. The family of Lazarus did not expect Jesus to bring him back to life after death. Samuel did not expect to hear the voice of God in the middle of the night. In these and many more cases in the Bible we find, God manifests where man least expects Him. God is where man do not expect Him to be. So, no matter what is going on in life, even in the darkest moments of it, God is still present and is quite capable of bringing life and light back.