Have you ever heard the expression “out of the blue”? We use this phrase when something happens suddenly or unexpectedly. I looked up the idiom history on it, and apparently this phrase is short for “out of the blue sky”, relating to sudden, atrocious weather which appears, without warning, from an otherwise calm, cloudless (hence blue) sky.
In Genesis 28, God appears “out of the blue” to Jacob. It is completely unexpected and sudden. Jacob was not looking for God. He was not thinking about God. In fact, he was actually on a trip and had stopped to sleep. It was then, while sleeping, that God chose to communicate with Jacob through a dream. Jacob had his all-to-familiar dream about a ladder going to heaven. In the dream, God confirms to Jacob what he had already promised to Isaac; that the land where Jacob was would become his and that his descendants would be numerous. He also confirmed that all nations would be blessed by these descendants. Jacob had not asked God about this. He had not asked God for this. God chose to reveal it to him at this time for his own reasons. And, as we all know, God’s word proved true.
I do not recommend you go to bed tonight and consider any dreams you may have as a direct message from God. While that is not impossible, that is not His direct means of communicating to us these days. God has told us that He has communicated all that we need to know for salvation and life in His Word and through Jesus. Jesus was the final and full message. But, God still may choose to speak to us when we “least expect it.” This is why we need to be in the Word every day. This is why we need to pray that our ears, eyes and heart would be open to what He is teaching us through the Holy Spirit. He still desires and even surprises us sometimes with insights and teachings from His word that may seem “out of the blue.” You may just be doing your routine daily devotions but you see something in a chapter that you never noticed before. You may be going through a difficult trial and a youtube sermon video you are watching reiterates the understanding that God is a firm foundation no matter what is going on around you. A friend may point out how she or he saw all things “work together for good” in a situation you or I just went through. It may just come “out of the blue”, but chances are, it could also be God communicating when you “least expect it”.
As a side note, if you are interested in dreams and some factual accounts of how God has spoken through dreams on a few occasions recently, I can recommend the book, The Insanity of God, by Neil Ripkin. In this true story about his experiences as a “failed” missionary, he tells of a few instances where God did miraculously choose to speak through dreams.