Today I read the passages where Jacob stole Esau's birthright, fled Canaan in fear for his life, and received a vision of a ladder reaching up to heaven.
The sense I received in reading this passage was that the covenant God gave Abraham hinged on Jacob. Isaac asked God to pass the blessing on to Jacob, before he left on his journey. Jacob recognized that he had a choice to make. After the vision of the ladder, he said he would call God his God if He did everything He promised.
God's plan to bless the world through Abraham's descendants hinged on a series of events beginning in Rebekah's womb and lasting for years to come. What a complex, human, personal twisting and turning of God's plan to benefit all of mankind took through Isaac and Jacob.
God knew all of that. . .and He risked it anyway.
It makes me wonder where the twists and turns of my journey will lead. I'm no Abraham nor Jacob. But God has plans for me and my influence beyond the confines of the nursing home. Only He knows how long and how far my life--and yours--will reach.