“Surely the LORD is in this place” (v16)
He set up a pillar and called the place “Bethel” (v19) meaning the house of God. Later in his life, Jacob returns the Bethel and again the LORD appears to Him (Genesis 35:6-9). The LORD is everywhere and can speak to you anywhere so in a sense everywhere you go is Bethel!
I am wondering though…Do you have a place to dream? Do you have a place where you perhaps escape to when you need time alone with the LORD?
I have one in particular in Scotland where I went for a few days alone with God during a time of uncertainty when I faced a decision. Three days alone in a tent with only my bible, notebook, music…and my dog! I climbed a mountain one morning and the LORD revealed Himself to me in the splendor of His creation. I fell to my knees and cried out aloud: “I SURRENDER TO YOUR WILL LORD” ~ it was my own Bruce Almighty moment!
I can relate to Jacob’s response in Genesis 28:20-21
“If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the LORD shall be my God”
Although I can’t go back to my “Bethel” in Scotland very easily ~ I can go there in my mind and heart. I carry that place with me wherever I go. Once we are settled I will find a new “Bethel” ~ that place to go where I can find peace and spend time listening to the LORD alone. That place I can dream with the LORD. For now “Bethel” is the corner seat of my sofa!Where is your Bethel? Disclaimer: Welcome to my “31 Days to Dream” and thank you for joining me on this journey. I don’t hold the road map for October–God does! He is starting the journey by taking me down a path of memories, some of which I had long forgotten. He is showing me how He has made my childhood dreams come true in ways that I could never have imagined. He is giving me FAITH and HOPE for the road ahead. I am excited to see where He leads my dreaming over this month of #Write31Days 🙂 You can find my other 31 Days to Dream posts here!