“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. When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it'” (NIV).
Becoming a father was the single most life-giving experience that has ever happened to me, but it started off as a beautiful blur. Those first weeks were constant changes and small tasks, but that was a time which formed the foundation of a more beautiful life. It was nearly impossible to find a moment during all of it to sit down and realize what had actually happened. Of course it was obvious we had a child but there comes that moment of clarity, when you finally sit back with your sleeping baby laying peacefully in your arms and a voice in your mind speaks to you saying, “this is your child.” That moment of clarity, of piercing awareness, just opens your heart and mind to a deeper understanding of the significance of everything you are doing.
It is the same for us in our everyday lives. We find ourselves confined to the rigors of the 9-5. The constant tasks and pressures that occupy our minds have a grip on us. It’s hard to find moments of clarity and piercing awareness. In Genesis 28, Jacob has one of those moments. While traveling he takes the time to rest. He has a dream of a ladder connecting heaven and earth. It is catalytic imagery signifying a bridge between heaven and earth, a connection between God and humankind. Then Jacob awakes to a realization and proclaims, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it” (Gen. 28:16, NIV).
In my spiritual journey I strive for awareness in every situation. Awareness of God’s presence in every moment. Awareness that each and every place is holy ground because God dwells in His creation, His fingerprints covering everything because He is the creator. His hands crafted everything that the human mind can comprehend. Just as Jacob says that God was there despite him being unaware, we need to have the same revelation that just because we haven’t had that moment of awareness yet that God is still present.
This is the reason that I write. Through the written word I want to pull from my education and over a decade of ministry experience to bring forth Christian content which will serve God’s Kingdom and help guide others towards moments of catalytic awareness, moments of clarity that set a fire in your soul that the waters of this life could never extinguish. I believe the truth of the Gospel holds power to change our lives in a way in which we could never look back. I pray that you will take this journey with me.
I would love to hear your own stories of the moment you awoke to God’s presence in your life. Through this blog I will continue to share mine. I challenge you to look for God in every moment and every facet of your life. I assure you, you will find Him there.