January 18 – Blessed by the Lord

The servant shared the interesting wedding proposal situation with Rebekah, the beautiful girl at the spring, and gave her jewelry. She excitedly passed on this unexpected news to her mother and brother Laban.  Laban rushed back to the well and invited the servant to their home.  “Come and stay with us, you who are blessed by the Lord!  Why are you standing here outside the town when I have a room all ready for you and a place prepared for the camels?”  Inside, with the family gathered, the servant told them the reason for his visit.  “I am Abraham’s servant,” he explained.  “And the LORD has greatly blessed my master; he has become a wealthy man.”  He added that Isaac was his master’s son and he was sent to bring back a wife for him. If you were Rebekah’s parents how would you take such news?  Life was going along with normal activities, then one day, one visit, and all that would be customary for the future of your daughter, could potentially be radically different.  Did Rebekah’s parents have the boy-next-door picked out for her to marry?  Would giving her hand in marriage to a man miles away mean never seeing their grandchildren grow up?  What about Rebekah; would she be given a say in the matter?

Genesis 24:31, 34-35a NLT