At my cousin’s funeral Sunday night, his nephew delivered a sermon that was so powerfully appropriate it left me speechless and amazed.
He referenced Genesis 28:10-19:
10 Now Jacob went out from Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11 So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep. 12 Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 And behold, the Lord stood above it and said: “I am the Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. 14 Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed. 15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.” 16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.” 17 And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!” 18 Then Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put at his head, set it up as a pillar, and poured oil on top of it. 19 And he called the name of that place Bethel; but the name of that city had been Luz previously.
His opening remark grabbed my heart and held me captive. He said, “But this moment here is about the Sovereign God meeting us right here. God marks our lives in common places that mark us forever.”
I was like, “Wow!”
There wasn’t anything common about where Jacob laid to rest. Nothing at all. Yet God used this common place to speak to him. And what he spoke wasn’t just for him but for generations to come. How awesome is that?
A funeral can be just a funeral. It can be just a time of mourning and grieving, both of which are appropriate, but it can also be where He meets us.
Sometimes it’s not about looking for Him on the mountaintop or in the midst of that exciting sermon. Sometimes it’s about seeing Him in the most common of places like a funeral.
I hope and pray that you’re open and receptive to Him in those common places in your life, that you’re willing to meet Him, that you can see how much He wants to meet you right there in that common place.