At the end of a year, it is hard not to reflect back on the events and circumstances that you have experienced. I often think that if I had known all that was going to happen in the year ahead, I would be both overwhelmed and terrified. I read about one person who made his New Year resolutions at the end of the year and then back dated the list now knowing all that had been achieved. It made him look like either a prognosticator or overachiever or both. However you approach the coming year, it is good to remember Jacob’s experience on his journey in the wilderness. He had an impressive blood line when it came to faith (Isaac, Abraham), but his own personal experience with God was minimal. Until, that is, he has the vision of a ladder going up to heaven and hears God’s voice. Whatever you think about the meaning of the vision pales to the power of his words when he wakes.
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)
As we head into the New Year, surely the Lord will be with you. You may or may not be aware of it, but you are never alone.