Saturday, January 13, 2007

Jacob's ladder

this year i'm using "the one year bible" NIV ... to read through scriptures' pages ... one day readings include the old testament/new testament/psalms/proverbs ... i love to try fresh approaches to see how God speaks to me ...

this morning's old testament reading was about Jacob's dream ... "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." ... what a dream ... even as a kid, this particular story always captivated my imagination ...

when Jacob woke from this dream, he said "Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it." ...

just think, Jacob wasn't in his usual comfy tent ... he had to use a stone for a pillow ... and the sky as his blanket ... it didn't seem like the best of places to be ... to top it all off, he must have been just a wee bit scared - leaving his home, where he was his mother's favourite son ... yet hated by his brother - therefore making flight a necessity ...

and then in the wilderness - he has this glorious dream ... a dream that makes him conclude that God was in this place ...

if i stop and consider the places where i've least wanted to be ... or the times that made me really shake in my boots ... well those were the periods that i look back on and say "surely the Lord is in this place, and i was not aware of it ... "

God was "moving and shaking" events in some unseen realm ... that only became apparent - afterwards ...

awww, sweet faith ... may we all remember that God is ALWAYS in whatever place we are in, even though we are not aware of it ...


9 comments:

It's a FLIP-FLOP World said...

Thanks Saija for stopping by my blog today!! I cannot believe that you have a laptop in your closet collecting dust!! WOW!! I had wanted one for SO LONG and finally my dear husband bought one for me!! He is such a sweetie!! You could sell that you know!!
Yes, God is where we are and sometimes he is with us when we do not know it and those are the times that we really need HIM the most!! Great post...Sandy

Saija said...

sandy ... i really wanted a laptop when we had the house ... and i finally got one, 3 months before we moved! but i didn't really need it in the rental ... and it remains to be seen how it'll work out here in our little 1047 sq. ft. condo ... i had hopes of getting leo hooked on using it ... ? ... that's still the plan .. *grin* ...

Anonymous said...

So happy you stopped by my blog! My Dad suffers from back pain and has for over 40 years now. He also had two failed back surgeries...and recently had heart bypass but it is amazing how God has brought him through. The last 10 years with my Dad have been good.

I have really enjoyed your site...you have a lot of good wisdom to share. I am going to add you to my blog roll if you don't mind ☺

God Bless!

Saija said...

kathleen marie ... i noticed the prayer request for your dad on your blog ... so he had back surgery 40 years ago as well ... it sounds like quite the difficult life journey, but i'm glad he's had a good 10 years - i know we gratefully take whatever good time comes along ... blessings on you - your blog was just beautiful to visit and i'll have to expore the archives some more! ...

PT2006 said...

Jacob's ladder was a dream from God.The passageway from heaven to earth, a dream he didn't fully realize until he passed from death into eternal life.

I'm thankful for the Holy Spirit's indwelling. He brings to us a bit of heaven in the midst of our earthly existence. The angels that surround us are a wonderful blessing, but how much more are we blessed by the Saviour who resides within!

Saija said...

pt ... how much more indeed! and i'm so thankful for scripture that keeps reminding us of "God with us" ... through it all ... blessings on ya!

Anonymous said...

"God was "moving and shaking" events in some unseen realm ... that only became apparent - afterwards ..."

I love this! How true, Saija.

I'm reading thru the Bible this year too. I'm just going Gen - Rev. I started out trying to do it chronologically, but gave that up. I'm too ADD I guess. :) All the skipping around had me in a tizzy...

Anonymous said...

"God was "moving and shaking" events in some unseen realm ... that only became apparent - afterwards ..."

I love this! How true, Saija.

I'm reading thru the Bible this year too. I'm just going Gen - Rev. I started out trying to do it chronologically, but gave that up. I'm too ADD I guess. :) All the skipping around had me in a tizzy...

Saija said...

gayla ... i know you'll get your socks blessed right off, with reading through the word!! i did it from gen - rev in 2005, then 2006 just hopped around in areas ... now doing the reading from the one year bible ... i love the encouragement it gives me! *big smile*