Jacob’s ladder is a reference to a dream.
According to Genesis 28:10-17 [NIV] …
10 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. 11 When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep.12 He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 There above it[a] stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. 14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.[b] 15 I am with youand will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” 17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”
I don’t know what to make of all that other than to say that it’s an idea (of many) which has captivated the Western culture.
At my gym there is an exercise machine called “Jacob’s Ladder.”
Very simple – but certainly not simplistic – in its design it has a series of rungs which continuously roll so long as a cable attached to one’s waste by a belt is sufficiently taught.
However, if the cable doesn’t remain taught, the workout discontinues and the rungs will slowly stop.
I had made a goal of going for 40 minutes straight on this machine to no avail over the last two or three weeks.
But, with persistence today for the first time I succeeded!
Is that important? Yes, I think it is. Every chance one gets to chalk up a “victory” on the scoreboard is a boost of confidence which can be lent to other endeavors.
In essence, big wins are a culmination of many smaller wins. They all aggregate in time.
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Hope you are well on your way to achieving the victories you had set for yourself this 2019. Cheers!
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