However, every time Samuel heard God's voice, he went to Eli thinking it was his caretaker that was calling to him instead.
How often do we mistake God's voice for that of another? We run this way and that way searching for who is calling to us, and all it does is make us confused.
Eli finally realized that it was God calling Samuel and told Samuel to go to bed and tell God he was listening. When Samuel finally stopped running around trying to figure out where the voice was coming from, God was able to reveal himself to Samuel.
Maybe we just need to stop running around and start staying still so God can reach us right where we are.