Our host had made every effort to have us feel welcomed, and we did. However, if you are like me, you have certain ideas about where and how you sleep. Perhaps the reason is that I endeavor not to stay in a bed longer than necessary. After five or six hours, I am ready to launch into another day. Like many of you, when traveling in the car, I carry along my own pillow.
This particular trip did not allow for all of that accompanying bedding, so we naturally just accepted whatever was set before us, and that, by the way, with thanksgiving.
I dropped into the bed and discovered that the pillow was lacking as far as comfort was concerned. Now, I have slept in all types of conditions when hunting, fishing, or ministering in some unique places over the years, even using a tree trunk for my pillow. But, this baby was hard. I mean to tell you that my mind could only travel in one direction, no matter how many times I adjusted and re-adjusted the rascal. It kept going back to Jacob and his dream as shared with us in Genesis 28. I kept thinking, “No wonder he had a dream like he had… a ladder reaching Heaven; the angels ascending and descending “. I even tried singing: “We are climbing Jacobs’s ladder”.
Among the many unique things of this rock-hard pillow experience, Jacob had a magnificent experience with the presence of God. Further, there was the promise of God concerning the establishment of a people, Israel. There was the pillar set up as a reminder that in this place so unique was Jacob’s encounter with God that he envisioned it as “the gate of heaven”.
I made up my mind that as uncomfortable as I might feel at that moment, I would allow God to minister to me in some special fashion and that I would rise the next day feeling as though I had been at “the gate of heaven”. It was not as uncomfortable as I had envisioned when I first lay down to rest. God gives rest in those “restless” moments. Just take a few moments to converse with Him. You might even encounter a few angels ascending and descending. It might well become your “Bethel”… the house of God. Let the pillow become a pillar.