When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” Genesis 28:16
Jacob awakens from a dream and ponders in a Genesis moment that God is eternally present, manifested as the undeniable reality that underlies his life. He declares, “Surely God is in this place, and I did not know it.” At that moment his life is forever transformed with the awareness God is everywhere. God no longer hides in a temple or shrine. God is the essence that brings significance and meaning to everything about his being.
He experiences the fountain of life welling up within his soul. With that one pronouncement eternity now is real and nothing else in life holds any lasting significance in light of that discovery. His heart now holds God waiting for its day of liberation but knowing for now what is most valuable in life. God’s love and presence!