Jacob is in a bad place, running from his conflict-ridden past towards an uncertain future. Exhausted, he lies down to rest in a random, insignificant spot, and there, in the famous dream of a ladder connecting earth and heaven, he encounters God. Not an angry God, reproaching Jacob for his misdeeds, but a God who comes to meet him in his need, giving him hope for the future and the promise of a new life.
When he awakes Jacob is overwhelmed to realise that in this unlikely place he has been in the presence of God. He has glimpsed heaven. And he is a changed man.
God, ‘within no walls confined’ still comes to meet us in the least expected places. ‘Where’er we seek him He is found, and every place is hallowed ground’.