16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.”
I have heard the song origin of the Lanny Wolfe Gospel classic: “Surely the Presence of the Lord is in this Place.” He was asked along with his trio to sing at the dedication of a new church sanctuary. The song came in a sudden and unexpected manner. It was not his usual style of writing, but when he sang those words for the first time at that dedication service, they would not change from that moment:
Surely the Presence of the Lord is in this place,
I can feel His mighty power and His grace;
I can feel the brush of angel’s wings,
I see Glory on each face.
Surely the Presence of the Lord is in this place.
Reading through the story which contains Jacob’s words (upon which the song is based) I sense a different source of inspiration for the quote. While Lanny Wolfe looked at a beautiful sanctuary and was inspired by God to write. Jacob awoke from a beautiful dream, only to see the wilderness still around him. On mile marker “middle of no where”… he experienced the presence of God.
While the songwriter mentioned above marveled at the presence of God in such a Spirit filled setting… Jacob marveled how God could have been present in such a god-forsaken (?) place. And Jacob then marveled at how he could have almost missed it!
So many of us are on journeys that we would not have chosen. Jacob’s flight was due to his own doing. (Many of our journeys take place in the wilderness of our own “doings.”) And it was there that God found him. It was there that God made His presence known. Makes me wonder about what I might be missing around me. Will I leave my own pity party early enough to catch a glimpse of God’s glory that is really all around me?
Surely the presence of the Lord is even in THIS place! Wake up and see the glory!