This sermon is part of the sermon series A Messy, Blessed Life.See series.
There's a story oft-told on the Internet—true or not, I don't know—about Susan, a 34-year-old woman who lost her sight due to a medical misdiagnosis. She fell into a deep depression. Once fiercely independent, now she couldn't function. Her husband, Mark, suffered along with her. Mark loved his wife and was determined to help her, so he worked with her on each of the skills needed for her to return to independent living. After many months, Susan decided she could return to work. Every day, Mark, an Air Force officer, would drive his wife to work, walk her into the office, make sure she was settled, leave to go work at his base across town, and then pick her up at the end of the day. This went on for several weeks. But for reasons of distance, cost, and time, it couldn't go on that way. Mark told Susan that she would have to learn to take the bus. "But I can't ride the bus to work," she replied. "I'm blind. How am I going to know how many stairs there are? How am I going to know what path to take? I feel like you are abandoning me." Just as he had done from the very beginning, Mark promised that he would do whatever it took to help her until she felt confident and independent on the bus. He helped her with the routes. He helped her learn the stairs and learn the paths. Finally, after two weeks of practice, Susan faced the journey alone one Monday morning.
No matter where God takes you, God is with you.
During the events outlined in our passage, I think Jacob felt like Susan. He was a homebody. The Bible says he preferred "staying among the tents." He was not your "wild at heart" kind of guy. But now he was on the run. His brother Esau had threatened to kill him for tricking him out of God's blessing. ...
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Lee Eclov recently retired after 40 years of local pastoral ministry and now focuses on ministry among pastors. He is the author of Feels Like Home: Reflections on the Care of Souls and Pastoral Graces: Reflections on the Care of Souls (Moody Publishers), as well as being a frequent contributor to Preaching Today and CT Pastors. To learn more about his Pastors' Gatherings visit www.leeeclov.com.