10Jacob left Beer-sheba and went towards Haran. 11He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place. 12And he dreamed that there was a ladder* set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13And the Lord stood beside him* and said, ‘I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring; 14and your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and all the families of the earth shall be blessed* in you and in your offspring. 15Know that 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 promised you.’ 16Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!’
It doesn’t sound very comfortable a stone for a pillow. Would we really choose such a pillow after a long and exhausting day, especially when the day had been physically, spiritually and emotionally challenging? Yet that is what Jacob uses and just look what happens.
God is in the uncomfortable places, the places of dessert, the places of wasteland, the places where there is no comfort and the presence of the Holy One, even unrecognized, in those places makes them holy too. Even the places where there seems only unyielding stone.