Now Jacob went out from Beersheba and went toward Haran. So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep. (Genesis 28:10-11)
Jacob was more or less forced to leave his home for fear he might be murdered by his brother but also with the notion of finding a wife among his mother’s people. What must have seemed hurried and unexpected to him at first turned out to be one of the most important events of his life. As the sun set that day, he had no way of knowing that he was about to have an encounter with the Almighty.
In fact, the Hebrew wording that is translated “he came to a certain place” could be rendered “he encountered the place” He didn’t arrive at just any place but “the place” where his father had been bound and set upon an altar. He came to the place where the Temple would stand one day. His flight from Esau took him to the place where millions would look to as God’s Throne on earth. This was the place where pilgrims would come to worship and where, to this day, millions more entreat the Almighty for protection.
He may have thought the journey was about one thing but it turned out that his journey was about more than he could imagine. So many times in our lives we embark upon path thinking it will lead to what we have in mind only to find that God had another purpose in mind. There have certainly been times in my life when I thought I was going to a certain place for one thing only to discover that God had a “Kingdom Connection” in store. So, let’s keep this in mind and be discerning about what and who the Father may wish to bring into our lives, even in those times when we are focused on other things. You just never know when God will intervene in our plans and cause our focus to shift to what He has in mind for us.
Blessings and Shalom,