you discouraged with your writing? Does it feel as though you’re
climbing an endless ladder, trying to break your way into this
industry? Does loneliness overwhelm you?
If you’re experiencing any of
the above, I have good news for you. You are not alone. A man named
Jacob endured similar situations. “And he lighted upon a certain place,
and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of
the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in
that place to sleep” (Gen. 28:11 KJV).
Think about it, Jacob was there
all night, in a strange place, in the dark. He had no heat, central
air, or electricity—no laptop. Not only that, the man had to sleep with
rocks under his head. I whine if I don’t have two pillows to support my
But God called Jacob, didn’t He?
In fact, God gave him dreams. “And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set
up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the
angels of God ascending and descending on it” (v.12).
Okay, so Jacob wasn’t the one
climbing the ladder here, but the contraption reached to heaven for
goodness’s sake. Sound familiar?
Yet the angels were climbing up
and down on it, weren’t they? I wonder why.
“And, behold, the Lord stood
above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the
god of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and
to thy seed” (v. 13).
God stood at the top, watching over everything, and declared a promise
to Jacob. What promise has He given to you?
Speaking of which, just because
God gives someone a promise doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy.
Sometimes we have to fight for our blessings, just as Jacob did.
“And Jacob was left alone; and
there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And when
he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his
the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled
with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I
will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What
is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called
no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God,
and with men, and hast prevailed” (32:24–28).
Poor Jacob, struggling
again—reminds me of a certain profession.
But the man wouldn’t give up,
and he obtained his blessing. Neither should you. You’ll miss your
No matter how many obstacles
cross your path along this journey, remember the call God’s placed on
The heavens await you at the