She was the toast of the town; tough, determined, strong, admired and not afraid of hard work. She had a soft side too. She was "lovely in form and beautiful". When he saw her, it was love at first sight. He was willing to do whatever it took to marry her. He offered to pay a very high bride price for her hand in marriage; and doubled it when circumstances did not let him marry her at the set time.
Jacob, Leah and Rachel's love triangle was definitely not ideal but many valuable lessons are found therein. Jacob "loved Rachel more than Leah" and it was obvious Jacob did not care much for Leah; well besides making babies with her. She grew bitter, disappointed and hurt. In her eyes Rachel seemed to have it all-the looks, the admiration and the love she so much coveted.
Rachel did not see it that way. Unlike her sister, she could not have babies and though she had other advantages, she was totally consumed by that one thing she could not or did not have. When she could not handle it anymore "... She pleaded with Jacob, “Give me children, or I’ll die!”" Genesis 30:1
We all have that one thing we do not have, wish we had or think will solve all our problems if we had it. That one thing.
What about the other things we have or are doing? The desire for that one thing can so consume us that we work ourselves into a dark place. The lack of that one thing can make us act like God has done nothing else for us. The race for that one thing can affect our ability to enjoy the other things. The desperation for that one thing can make us even turn away from God.
What is your one thing? How is the pursuit of that one thing affecting your relationship with God and with people? Know that if is right for you, God will let you have it at the right time. In the meantime, find a reason to celebrate; a reason to be thankful.
Love, Lady Monica❤