Jacob was banished from home because his mother was afraid that Esau, his elder brother, would kill him due to the Isaac’s blessings debacle. Thus he went to his grandfather’s land in the East. A few decades later, it was time for him to go back to the land of Canaan.
Naturally, Jacob thought that Esau was still bitter of him. So, he stayed on the river of Jordan for one night before he crossed to the land of Canaan. Meanwhile, he sent presents to Esau through his servants, hoping that he “may appease him with the present that goes ahead of me, and afterward I shall see his face. Perhaps he will accept me.” (Gen 32.20) He also prayed to “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac”, asking him to “please deliver me from the hand of my brother, Esau.” (32.9-11) God, so he thought, was in his side, and Esau was not.
Never did he knew that that night, he would be wrestling against that God, and that actually Esau was pretty friendly to him when they actually met. God, then, was against him, while Esau was actually with him.
Talk about your world getting upside down. God simply never ceases to surprise us. To put it in other words, you just can’t put God nicely in a neat tiny box of yours.