they seemed but a few days | Genesis 29.9-20
While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherdess. Now as soon as Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother’s brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother’s brother, Jacob came near and rolled the stone from the well’s mouth and watered the flock of Laban his mother’s brother. Then Jacob kissed Rachel and wept aloud. And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father’s kinsman, and that he was Rebekah’s son, and she ran and told her father.
As soon as Laban heard the news about Jacob, his sister’s son, he ran to meet him and embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his house. Jacob told Laban all these things, and Laban said to him, “Surely you are my bone and my flesh!” And he stayed with him a month.
Then Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?” Now Laban had two daughters. The name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah’s eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful in form and appearance. Jacob loved Rachel. And he said, “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.” Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to any other man; stay with me.” So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her. Genesis 29:9-20 | ESV
“Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.” – Zora Neale Hurston
Once again, there’s more story here to read if you have the margins for it. Like most of the patriarchs, so much of Jacob’s story is a story of perhaps how not to love. Favoritism in parents; sibling rivalry; manipulating families; complexities of married life – particularly when one ends up having the love of your life’s sister thrown into the bargain.
Yes, it’s complicated.
Trace as much of the story of Jacob as you feel led to. Then sit with his story in silence for a bit. Listen. See what it speaks into the complexities of your own life. Write what you see and hear.
How do you see love demonstrated in the story of Jacob and Rachel? In what places is that story anything but loving? What are your takeaways from it?
Living God, I invite you to take hold of my life today for your purposes.
Please fill me with the Living Water of your Holy Spirit that as you pour me out:
my motives may be rooted in your Love,
my decisions may be rooted in your Wisdom,
and my actions may be rooted in your Courage.