By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed ...
And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar and poured oil upon the top of it. And he called the name of that place Bethel ...
And this stone which I have set for a pillar shall be God's house; and of all that Thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto Thee."
Genesis 28:11,18-19,22
Today's Read: Genesis 28; Psalm 146
The journey that led Jacob to the land of Haran was fueled by the fumes of dissension, strife, and hatred. In the obtaining of his brother Esau's birthright and blessing, a "bounty" was placed on Jacob's head and the exacting of revenge by an angry brother notably took hold and was understood.
Esau wanted Jacob dead.
The thoughts weren't idle, the threat of imminent danger was very real, and Esau's revengeful desire didn't fall on deaf ears.
Isaac and Rebekah (parents) sent Jacob away with blessing, to Haran, where the safety and refuge of Rebekah's family would attend him. From Haran, and in keeping with the ancestral blood line, Jacob was to take a wife and commence with a life of his own.
Haran was a healthy journey of approximately 450 miles.
Since Bethel was his first recorded resting place, he had trekked 50 miles on his first day and it's my guess, he was exhausted.
Jacob was spent.
-Try to imagine all that Jacob was experiencing on this first night of "aloneness."
-Try to imagine what it must have been like to have been separated from family, country, culture, and comfort because of decisions made and realities unraveling from those decisions.
Hmmm ...
It is in this hard, uneven, unknown place that Jacob begins an unmistakable journey with God.
It is in this juncture of humanness that holiness meets him.
It is in this unlikely and unexpected place that God chooses to reveal Himself personally,  not to Jacob's fathers Abraham and Isaac ... but to Jacob.
The beauty and wonder of this moment propels praise from my lips;
It is astounding and abounding with the goodness and grace of God Almighty.
The hard pillow secured by Jacob for his head became a pillar by which God chose to speak to him and from that "stone pillow" erupts a dream by which angels ascend and descend on a ladder declaring God's sure provision, promise, and presence in Jacob's life.
-From the "stone pillow" erupts the emergence and voice of God Almighty.
-From the stone pillow erupts Jacob's true identity.
In this moment of a thousand unknowns ... God makes Himself known through a stone.
No one else experiences "this" moment with God.
No one else is privy to this supernatural encounter with the holy God.
No one else receives the blessing imposed upon Jacob in this moment ... but Jacob.
My heart soars with the realities God presents us with in some of life's most difficult seasons and moments.
For God's reasons alone, He manifests and magnifies Himself in a different proportion to different hearts, in His time and in His way.
How He might do it in yours or how He might do it in mine is anyone's guess ...
but blessing will attend to God's elect and superior favor will be an attending bestowment on the journey to "Haran" no matter how difficult.
Jacob's pillow was no regular pillow;
Jacob's stone was no regular stone;
It was a hard pillow which became a sacred pillar that displayed God's permanent presence in a life of a thousand unknowns.
Jacob anointed the rock with oil ...
And the "Rock" anointed Jacob with His.
"And Jacob vowed a vow saying, 'If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and raiment to put on; So that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God.'"
Genesis 28:20-21
Blessed be the name of our God.
Three Study Suggestions:
1) From today's reading select three realities newly discovered about God.
2) Consider the difficult places God has brought you through and highlight the attributes God displayed to "you" about His presence.
3) Utilize an object of some sort and record three attributes of God that are presently attending you.
"Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help; whose hope is in the Lord his God."
Psalm 146:5