Rebekah’s father, brother and mother all gave permission for Rebekah to marry Isaac for they understood this opportunity was from the Lord. But the choice was left to Rebekah. When she said “yes”, they gave her this blessing as she parted: “Our sister, may you become the mother of many millions! May your descendants be strong and conquer the cities of their enemies.” Many were blessed with this arrangement and wedding plans were quickly formulated. Along with her childhood nurse, Rebekah left all that was familiar to her and traveled a long distance to be married to a man she had never met. Her future was unknown yet she trusted enough to get on a camel and begin the journey. It must have given her comfort and assurance to know that this wedding was arranged and blessed by God. May He be the foundation in each marriage.
Marriage is not an easy partnership as it will, maybe more than any other relationship, bring out what is really inside of us. Character traits, like the good, the bad and the changing are often shown most intensely to those we are the closest to. Some would say that marriage is not just meant to make us happy but that God uses marriage to make us holy. And even the most mature are still on a journey in becoming complete. I’m happiest when I am holy (pure, un-mixed) and enjoy the blessings that come with married life. As Rebekah entered into marriage she was given a blessing to be the mother of millions. Content with the three children God has blessed Russell and me with, I look forward to embrace those who may one day extend our family through additional marriages and grandchildren. This blessing promise that began with Abraham continues on through the ages.