2012-06-11 - What Would Laban Say?
"Here is Rebekah; take her and go, and let her become the wife of your master's son, as the LORD has directed." (Genesis 24:51)
It wouldn't have done much good to argue. It was God's plan for Rebekah to marry Isaac. I did not want my sister to leave, but I knew better than to oppose the will of God.
My sister was getting married. The idea did not have much time to soak in, as I would have liked. It was a legitimate offer, and Rebekah's future family presented us with expensive gifts: exquisite clothing, silver, and gold jewelry for Rebekah, and trinkets for my mother and me.
I was not prepared to let my sister go so soon. We were expected to let Rebekah leave, to start her new life right away. Mother and I protested the idea and asked for at least ten days with Rebekah before she left to meet her fiance. Abraham's servant didn't want to waste time, so the decision was up to Rebekah. Rebekah left that day with her nurse. At least she wouldn't be totally amidst strangers; it would ease any homesickness having a familiar face with her.
Before she left, we asked God's blessing on Rebekah as a mother of thousands of descendants and that those descendants would win over their enemies. Oh, our loss was great, but what Isaac will gain by having Rebekah by his side.
Lord, Please provide some reassurance during this time of loss. Carry me through the murky waters. I need a calm and refreshing spring. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.