Stairway to Heaven

“Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. There above it stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.”

-Genesis 28:10-16

The alarm went off right at 5:51 am as usual. I hit the snooze, per tradition and the alarm went off again at 6:00 to which I did the mandatory groan, leaned over and turned it off then rolled out of bed. After some stretching, yawning, and a quick shower I was off to the gym. Just another typical day. Nothing at all special about it.

I have a routine at the gym that involves the stationary bike, followed by some weights, concluding with a one mile walk around the track. As I was walking around the track, I started to think about my evening Bible reading from the night before. I am currently reading about Jacob. Last night I read
the section about Jacobs dream of the ladder with the angels traveling up and down it.

The dream itself is intriguing, filled with so many metaphors and interpretations that one may never fully unpack the whole thing. But today, it wasn’t the dream as such that caught me. Instead, I was drawn in by the last sentence in the story.

In Genesis Jacob says to himself, “Surely God was in this place, and I did not know it.” It’s a pretty amazing statement. It’s an idea that most of us know, but we don’t really pay attention to it. Sure, we think about it when we are going through a traumatic experience in our life. Sometimes, the thought
will cross our minds during moments of pure joy, such as the birth of a child, when we first fall in love or at a wedding. We may even realize it when we are out in nature or staring up at the night sky and in a moment of awe it will strike us. But mostly, we lose sight of the fact that God is right here with us.

That time when you hit snooze on the alarm clock? God was there. How about that lasagna you made last night? Yep, he was in the kitchen with you. Even when I am tying my shoes? You bet! God is always present with us. Sadly, we aren’t always aware or acknowledging Him.

So, as I sit here my finger’s clacking away on the keyboard writing these words, I am thinking about God, knowing that He is present right here, right now and I will acknowledge him with my deep gratitude, but what can we do to keep in mind that God is here with us all the time in everything we do? What are your thought?

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