9 After Jacob returned from Paddan Aram, God appeared to him again and blessed him. 10 God said to him, ‘Your name is Jacob, but you will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel.’ So he named him Israel.
11 And God said to him, ‘I am God Almighty; be fruitful and increase in number. A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will be among your descendants. 12 The land I gave to Abraham and Isaac I also give to you, and I will give this land to your descendants after you.’ 13 Then God went up from him at the place where he had talked with him.
14 Jacob set up a stone pillar at the place where God had talked with him, and he poured out a drink offering on it; he also poured oil on it. 15 Jacob called the place where God had talked with him Bethel.
A significant encounter with God. No wrestling this time, but the reconfirmation by God that he will fulfil his promises to Abraham through Jacob and his descendants. What caught my attention reading though, was not the promise, as amazing as it is, but Jacobs response to meeting God. He responds by setting up a pillar to mark the spot and worships. It may not be practical for us to set up a pillar when God meets us, especially in our built up environment, but I wonder how we can mark these occasions to recognise that they are special and so that we don’t forget them.
Help us Lord never to take meeting with you for granted but to celebrate every moment spent in your presence.