Then Jacob woke up and thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, but I did not realize it!”
[Gen 28:16 NET]
“Surely the Lord was in this place, and I knew it not.” My soul, this is also thine experience! How often hast thou said in thy sorrow, “Verily thou art a God that hidest Thyself!” How often hast thou slept for very heaviness of heart, and desired not to wake again! And when thou didst wake again, lo, the darkness was all a dream! Thy vision of yesterday was a delusion. God had been with thee all the night with that radiance which has no need of the sun.
O my soul, it is not only after the future thou must aspire; thou must aspire to see the glory of thy past. Thou must find the glory of that way by which thy God has led thee, and be able even of thy sorrow to say, “This was the gate of heaven!”
~ George Matheson ~