A Devotional by Julie Cosgrove

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Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place and I did not know it.”   Genesis 28:16

They say hindsight is 20/20. That means that when you look back you can see things more clearly. Sometimes that is true. Other times, our memory is skewed by our emotions or our perception of how things happened.

The point is, none of us can see exactly what lies ahead in our lives. We can assume, but we cannot see with a hundred percent certainty because we live in the moment, literally. That is the nature of our temporal existence.

So, when Jacob had his famous “ladder” dream, it wasn’t until he woke up that he realized he had had an encounter with God. It made him gasp to think the Almighty Creator had actually paid attention to him personally. Him! Such a thing was unheard of at the time.

I get that. There have been times I recognized God moving in my life, but only after the fact. It made me drop to my knees. Of course, being born after Jesus’ death on the cross, I realize Jesus has bridged the gap between earth and heaven, and because I believe that, the Holy Spirit guides me. But a few times, God has touched my situation in an unforeseen way. Me! Despite my shortcomings and imperfections. I could only react the same as Jacob — humbled.

I am not special. God is moving in your life as well. Open your heart to his presence, even if it is after the fact. His love is amazing. Remember, he is there and he cares…always.

Lord, thank you for the times you have broken through into my life to show me you care and are there. Your love for me is beyond my comprehension, but I am so grateful for it. It helps me realize there is nothing that I will go through that you don’t already know about. And that brings me comfort. Amen.

Think back to ways God has been at work in your life, and thank him for his constant, caring presence as you go through your various tasks today.

By Julie Cosgrove
Used by Permission


  • A Struggle of Faith – my son first showed signs of mental illness in his 20’s
  • Gentle Spirit How do I embrace a gentle spirit when I have been hurt and/or deceived?

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