Genesis 28: 10-12: Stairway to heaven.
“10 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. 11 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. 12 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.” NIV UK
In many good hotels these days, you will find in your room a ‘pillow menu’, would you believe?!! You actually get to choose just the kind of pillow that will suit you. Well, since coming into contact with the Jacob story as a child, I have felt for the poor man, having to use a stone on which to lay his weary head. How did he sleep? My guess is he was so exhausted from his journey in the hot sun, that sleep came relatively easy. Peace and comfort are not to be found ultimately in external things, but in knowing the closeness of God. If we but had eyes to see, heaven is near and there are angels all around. Wherever we may be in the world there is that intimate connection with eternity. The Lord is near His people – and not just when they are well-behaved. May He give us eyes to see this.
When we come to the gospel of John, situated in the second half of the Bible, we discover that Jesus Himself is the Ladder between heaven and earth (John 1:51). He is the fulfilment of Jacob’s dream from centuries earlier. He brings heaven to us, and brings us to heaven, as we place our whole confidence in Him.
PRAYER: Lord, wherever you may take me, may I always know that you are with me. And above all, I thank you for Jesus.