MEDITATION: JACOB’S DREAM AT BETHEL

by Clay Greene

This is the gate of heaven. Surely the Lord is in this place. These words are true wherever you are. The right kind of awareness sees through things to their purpose and meaning in God. Every object of sight or thought is a membrane through which the light of God strikes us. Every wall is in truth a door, on which the hand of Christ knocks. Jacob saw a particular gateway, climbed by particular angels, but what he saw was an unveiling and revelation. He saw in strong, God-colored images what all of us should see in and through the world of God’s creation. The sight overthrew him, yet it did not leave him supine. Rather, he thrilled upright and his whole body and soul became one giant shout. “Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it.” What can we do when the meaning of rocks, fields, bodies, and souls is shown to us but testify to that meaning? We must turn souls, bodies, rocks, and fields toward the meaning that is meant for them. We must show that meaning to others. Every wall is in truth a door, every rock is a silent temple, every field a place where the Lord comes walking beside us. God is with you as a friend and Father where you sit or think or weep, stirring into the sleep of your soul the Spirit that will spring you out of rest crying, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God!” He is holding you from revelation to revelation. His Spirit guides your heart and guards your rest, so when you wake, you will speak with a voice of fire. This is the gate of heaven. This is the gate of heaven.

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