Blog Title: Climbing the Ladder of My Life
About Me: I’m getting on in years and decided it would be good to revisit my past and document key moments in my life for my children and my children’s children. My sons suggested I try this ‘blogging’ thing. Well at first I wasn’t too sure. What in the world was blogging? After I had an idea of what a blog was, I realized that a blog could reach a lot of people and the wisdom I’ve gained throughout a lifetime is worthy of sharing with more than family. So my boys handled the technical set-up of this blog since I have no idea how these new-fangled computers work, but I do the writing.
The title of my blog is from a dream I had once long ago in which I saw a stairway reaching from earth to heaven and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. At the top of the staircase stood the LORD. This blog is a ladder of my life; each entry represents an important step forward to seeing the Lord.
Intended Audience: This blog is a memoir. There is wisdom to be found for those on all rungs of the ladder of life.
As a boy, I was sneaky and manipulative. I even convinced my twin Esau to sell his birthright to me.
Esau was a skilled hunter. My father enjoyed the wild game Esau caught and favored Esau over me, while my mother favored me. This sometimes happens in families. And in some cases, like mine, the children react poorly to the situation. If you are a parent reading this, please know that it is never good to play favorites with your children. I speak from experience. It was a lesson I had to learn the hard way.
One day my brother came in from hunting while I was cooking stew.
“Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!”
“First sell me your birthright,” I continued stirring the pot of lentil stew.
“Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”
I smiled, but pushed him, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to sell me his birthright.
I gave him some bread and some stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left. (Genesis 25:29-34 NIV)
After stealing Esau’s birthright, my mother helped me steal his blessing as well. She overheard my father telling Esau to bring him some fresh game to eat and he would bless him.
So my mother made me bring her two goats, which she cooked exactly the way my father liked. Then she covered my hands and neck with goatskin. It’s important to note here that my brother Esau was quite hairy! After putting Esau’s clothes on me, she handed me the food she made and told me to take it to my father.
At this point my father could barely see. He asked who I was and I lied and told him I was Esau. He believed me even though he said I sounded like myself and not Esau. “Come here, my son, and kiss me.”
So I went to him and kissed him. When my father smelled Esau’s clothes, he blessed me and said:
Ah, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field that the LORD has blessed. May God give you heaven’s dew and earth’s richness— an abundance of grain and new wine. May nations serve you and peoples bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may the sons of your mother bow down to you. May those who curse you be cursed and those who bless you be blessed (Genesis 27:27-29 NIV).
I was destined to receive my father’s blessing. God had said so and yet, I manipulated my brother and then my father to get it. Still a youngster, I believed that I was in control that I didn’t need God. It would be many years before I finally accepted that God is always in control.
Once you realize that you need God in your life, you are one rung closer to reaching the top of the ladder of life. And of course, waiting at the top is the Lord.
My climb has only just begun. Tomorrow I’ll share another step forward on the ladder of my life!