[Genesis 37:1 ESV] 1 Jacob lived in the land of his father's sojournings, in the land of Canaan.
There are times in our lives when we feel there is no movement, no direction, and to be honest, no purpose. Jacob found himself in a spot of having the promise, but nothing seemed to be happening in this guarantee of a great nation, a great name, a blessing to the world, etc. (Genesis 12:1-3) given by God to his grandfather Abraham.
Jacob was now fairly old and had been a father at this point twelve times. From all indications in the text he could not imagine what was going to happen next, precipitated by a dreamer son and some jealous siblings. God was at work even when things seemed rather mundane and typical. He was just living in the same area his father and grandfather had lived with some wealth and a blooming family, but certainly not a great nation, name, or eternal blessing of a Messiah. That would come much later.
Like many of us, Jacob had to play the waiting game and rely on providence to set the course. We must in these instances see the bigger picture and be content in the meantime. It is important to note that in these periods it is imperative not to give up hope and faith. The Lord will begin to move as He desires, and we will eventually understand why everything happens the way it does. Don't take matters into your own hands during these times. That's the worst thing you can do.
*Life Point* Wait on God and Trust His Timing