Then God went up from him at the place where he had talked with him.~
Genesis 35:13 (New International Version)
I have a stone. It is small and nondescript, smooth to the touch and primarily colorless. It is my stone of remembrance. It reminds me that, no matter what is going on in my life at any speck of time, God still appears in the middle of my situation. And He speaks.
I call it my quiet stone. Quiet because it diminishes my flagrant urge to gush and tell God all about something He already knows. The secret to effective Godly communications, for me, is listening. But don’t just take my word for it; let’s ask Jacob. Jacob had that kind of encounter at a place he named Bethel, “house of God.”
Jacob called the place where God had talked with him Bethel.~ Verse 15
Let me be clear. When I say God speaks I mean He actually does talk to us. The One Who is Creator of the universe will show up. Often because I ask Him to. Periodically I find myself saying, out loud: “Lord, I just need you to come down here and see about me.” I need Him to weigh in on my situation. Then, occasionally He shows up just because.
I’ve learned that having a brief memory lapse is a typical human frailty. It is easy to forget what God just did yesterday. I need a stone to remind me that God is adequate. He is enough. He has everything that I need. My stone reminds me that God is sufficiently able to do everything He has promised. I’ll need that stone tomorrow—when I may not hear His voice so clearly.
My stone is a reminder of God’s presence whenever there are flashes of distraction, anguish or pangs of sheer perplexity, when I ask, “What was that? What just happened to me?”
Jacob set up a stone pillar at the place where God had talked with him… Verse 14
I’m getting ready to walk around the house and yard to find the place that I will name my Bethel. It shall be the place where I place my stone. A place where I meet God and visit with Him. We all need a stone.
God’s vision for Jacob was of him producing kings, procreating millions and generating a nation. God’s vision for us is possible, but it is not inevitable. It materializes if we yield to His will . You will be great; you will do great things. Your stone reminds you that God is with you and that He has a vision for your success far greater than anything you have imagined.
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