“Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. He had a dream…. Surely the Lord is in this place and I was not aware of it.”  (Genesis 28:11-16 NIV)

Jacob's Ladder

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This part of Jacob’s story is interesting. When we think about Jacob, we generally think about Jacob’s ladder and angels ascending and descending into heaven. And while that’s impressive, the circumstances surrounding Jacob’s dream deserve our attention as well. Jacob was on a journey. He wasn’t traveling by coach or even by camel. He was walking – a long way – and he wasn’t wearing high-tech walking shoes.

When it was time to unlace his sandals and take a nap, he laid his head on a rock. Not a nice soft patch of sand or a pillow of palm branches, but a rock. He rested his head on a rock! That sound ridiculous, but that’s exactly what he did! There are other naps chronicled in the Bible, but the writer of this story made a point to tell us specifically, “He put a rock under his head and went to sleep!”

Jacob was on a journey that would ultimately change his life, traveling without a Platinum American Express card or even a nice, soft pillow and, when he became tired, he lay down and placed his head on a rock.

Take a look at what happens. Lying on that rock, he dreams a dream that will forever be remembered in paintings and children’s Sunday School songs. We are climbing Jacob’s ladder!” Thanks to that dream, Jacob encounters the Lord and declares, “Surely, the Lord is in this place and I didn’t even know it!”

We often find ourselves in uncomfortable places – with our heads resting on rocks. Sometimes we put ourselves there, as Jacob did, and other times our circumstances force us into that spot. Either way, Jacob’s story reminds us to look for God everywhere and in every situation, for He is always with us even if we fail to notice Him.

We, too, are on a journey that will ultimately change our lives. Take time to look around you this week. Know that God is with you every step of the way!

The Lord is With You

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Enjoy your Tuesday, “Working for Christ”!

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8 Comments on “A PILLOW OR A ROCK?”

  1. Annie B Says:

    I LOVE this one…thank you so much! What a blessing 🙂


  2. Annie B Says:

    Reblogged this on Eyes Wide Open and commented:
    I love this blog, but particularly am blessed by this post today….I thought I’d share it with all of you too…..amazing!


  3. Love it, how true in life.


  4. Lyn Says:

    It’s so true, sometimes when we face difficulties we don’t remember that God is always with us. One of my favourite verses is Zephaniah 3:17 .. “The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” The thought of the Supreme Creator of the universe singing over me is just awesome!


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