So he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.”
• Genesis 32:27
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If you’re lucky, there comes a moment, a moment of clarity.
At this moment, “the hopes and fears of all the years” find some resolution.
It involves an unveiling. Heavy drapes of self-denial, torn in two from top to bottom.
A sudden burst of light, and you can see.
The game is over.
The mask is lifted.
Your hiding place discovered, there you are, naked as the day you were born.
And all it takes is a question you’ve been answering all your life. Except nobody has ever asked it like that. No one has ever looked so deeply into your eyes. The gaze sears, and all the while your wounded hip throbs.
Your life flashes before your eyes. Deceiving, grasping, lying, running, hiding — it’s all been a crooked game.
“My name is Jacob.”
There, you said it.
And you’ve been limping ever since.
And though the way is crooked as ever, never has your path been so straight.