Genesis 28:16-17: Thin places.

“16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.’ 17 He was afraid and said, ‘How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.’” NIV UK

I believe they refer to them as ‘thin places’ – sites where the veil between this world and the next seem to be ‘thin’ indeed. Heaven is easily sensed. Some people would regard the Isle of Iona in this way. Truth to tell, I believe this story in Genesis shows that anywhere in the world can be such a ‘thin’ space. How often have we come to realise, after the event, that God was in a place, or situation/experience etc, but we didn’t recognise it at the time?

‘Jacob may have thought that God was local; now he found him to be omnipresent. Every lonely spot was his house, filled with angels.’F.B.Meyer: ‘Devotional Commentary’, p.25.