Ladders, In Life and Spirit
Majestic isn’t it, the soaring bird, eagles wide spread, clear skies, beautiful picture. Isn’t that what we all year for. Genesis 28:10-22 would seem to tell us, yes.
Let’s look at this passage. Jacob has a dream about a ladder, wrestling, and then there is transformation after wrestling with an angel, God, something that changed him. How does he do this? How does he climb this ladder and what does this ladder represent? Remember, in the bible Jesus is said to grow in stature etc… and it pleased God, the different persons in the bible went through different stages of consciousness, with Paul saying he was a babe, a child, but then after his encounter with the risen Christ, he was a grown up. From a metaphysical stance this telling us that we often have to wrestle with different things to grow in our consciousness, understanding and maturity, but for that to happen, we have to be willing to confront what needs confronting to change our behavior, so if one is wishy-washy, can’t make quick decisions, seize opportunities as guided by the Holy Spirit, is doing a million things, but nothing concrete gets done and flourishes, then you need to confront that, and by looking to Christ, in union with him you can overcome that. Whatever is going on that is creating in your life dis-ease you need to deal with it, confront it, process it and overcome by the qualities Christ showed, one of those being decisiveness, clarity of self, being prayerful, listening to the Holy Spirit, let him guide you to what to do, not your own desires for your own pleasures, or wanting to live out something you didn’t live out in your youth or stuff like that. As we look to our own lives, let us look at these questions:
- what do I need to wrestle with, to overcome? What situations, patters of behavior etc..?
- What constructive tools can I use to do so in connection with Christ, those qualities displayed by him, including some tough love as needed?
- What does the end result of this look like for me?