As Genesis 28 winds down, Jacob wakes up from his dream of seeing the ladder reaching into the sky and encountering the Lord. The patriarch recognizes the specialness of this encounter, so he takes the stone near his head, sets it up as a marker, pours oil on top of it, and declares that he will give God a tenth of all He will give him.
As Genesis 29 opens, Jacob reaches his destination of Paddan-aram, and he sees shepherds with their sheep around a well with a large stone covering its opening. In short time, Jacob removes the stone from the well and waters the sheep of the shepherdess Rachel, the daughter of his uncle Laban. Later he would love and marry her.
Consider the mention of these two stones so close together. The first stone marked Jacob’s encounter with God when the Lord promised to provide Jacob with offspring and always be with him. The second stone marked Jacob’s encounter with the woman who would, in part, fulfill that very promise.
Throughout Scripture and time, God is working out His grand plan of redemption, but He is also working in the details. We can only wonder if Jacob realized how God used these stones to connect the dots of his promises. God continues to do this today for us. He uses markers in our lives as He guides us, directs us, and reminds us of His promises to provide for us and always be with us.
How have you seen God guide and direct and confirm your steps as you followed Him?