Jacob woke from his sleep and said, “Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.”
Jacob comes to a certain place and lies down for the night. He dreams of a ladder reaching from earth to heaven and angels ascending and descending on it.
The Lord appears to Jacob and repeats His promises to Abraham and Isaac. These are promises of land, offspring and blessing.
Jacob wakes from his sleep and says, “Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place and I did not know it. This place is the house of God.” He anoints the stone he slept on and names the place Bethel, that is house of God.
We christians have the Holy Spirit in us, and so every place we go is Bethel, for we are each one the house of God.
There are times when the Lord surprises us, perhaps speaking to us or acting for us in ways we did not expect.
The presence of God becomes obvious to us in these moments. Every day in all that we do, we should try to be aware of God. He is with us in all the moments of all our days.
Many years ago a monk known as Brother Lawrence wrote a book called “Practising the Presence of God.” The title itself is a clue- we need to practise listening and discerning God’s presence with us in the minutiae of daily life.
We can learn to take the opportunities to seek out the Lord in our daily routines. I know of one lady who assigns a prayer point to each household task. Others take a minute each hour to stop and ask “Lord what are you saying to me right now?”
It is so easy to miss appointments with God when we lose ourselves in the world. We need to seek out God in the unlikely places of our lives and declare with Jacob, “Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place.”
Father in heaven, help me to seek you in everything I do. Please reveal yourself to me in my daily life. Amen.