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Saturday, December 19, 2009

What Should I Do While Waiting?

“Come on Rebekah, why do you have to be so old-fashioned? It’s not like anyone really cares anymore.” Rebekah shifted her head scarf to shield her eyes from the bright desert sun, turning away from Leah, the girl who lived down the street.
“Look, I’ve told you before, Leah. I want to follow God’s plan for my life because the husband he brings me will be way better than whoever I would get acting worldly.” Leah snorted in disapproval and tossed her head.
“Whatever. Have fun dreaming.” She said arrogantly, turning sharply around and walking away. Rebekah was left feeling depressed and doubtful. What she had said sounded good, but was it really true?
“Am I waiting for someone who doesn’t exist?” She wondered, turning sadly and walking home.

Rebekah probably had a lot of the same problems you do. She probably knew people who had much loser morals than she did; she might have even had friends that were already married. Sometimes she probably questioned what she believed and stood for. But, through it all, Rebekah stayed faithful and pure, following God’s plan for her life. We don’t know all of what Rebekah did during those years, I wish we did. However, we do know that when God brought her once-in-a-lifetime chance along, she was found much more attractive that the other girls simply because she had maintained her purity. The only thing is, the devil has a way of planting seeds in our brain that we don’t want. Seeds of doubt. Seeds that grow up to tell us that what we’re waiting for doesn’t exist. One way to keep doubts from maturing is to not just sit around thinking and wondering about them. That brings us to the main question. What should I do while waiting? Let’s pick up my story where we left off and see what Rebekah did.

Rebekah sighed as she continued on her way to the spring, holding a clay jar on her shoulder. That was where she had been going when she met Leah on the road and gotten into a conversation. Though it was early evening, the sun was still hot. As Rebekah got closer to the spring outside of town, she noticed a strange sight. An entire caravan of camels loaded with all kinds of beautiful things from far away places were kneeling down by the spring to rest. A man only slightly younger than her father was making sure each of them knelt down before he himself sat next to the well. He watched Leah and the other girls from Rebekah’s town draw water for a second, then closed his eyes and folded his hands in front of him as though praying. Rebekah stepped quieter, not wanting to disturb him. Before he finished praying, she had reached the well and lowered her jar down. She lifted it out and began to walk away just as the man opened his eyes. Suddenly the man got up and hurried after her. Rebekah stopped, wondering what he wanted.
“Please,” He said, “give me a little water from your jar.” Rebekah, who had always been taught to help weary travelers, quickly lowered the jar off her shoulder, politely saying,
“Of course.” After he had taken a drink, Rebekah thought quickly and decided to go the extra mile.
“I’ll draw water for your camels too, until they have finished drinking.” Quickly emptying her jar into the camel’s trough, she ran back to the well to draw more. Without saying a word, the man watched her closely.

Now, this may not seem like such a big deal. Water the camels? You see, there is more to this than there appears. The man had ten camels, and one camel is only done drinking when he has had around 70 gallons of water! Can you imagine how many times Rebekah would have had to fill that jar to give each camel 70 gallons? Just to add something else to the mix, if you’ll notice she was running the whole time. Wow! So, what did Rebekah do while waiting? She helped others, doing what God wanted her to. It is also interesting to note that Rebekah helped the man without any hesitation. What an example! What would it look like if we were that willing to serve God every day of our single (and married) lives even if it meant helping a stranger or watering ten camels with 70 gallons of water each? Sorry, I’m a slight bit off topic.
The point is, Rebekah gives us a perfect example of what to do while waiting. We should follow God’s plan for our life and work for Him in all ways possible. We should show others that, (unlike some teenage girls) we have decided in our hearts to wait on God’s timing by serving Him in the process. Rebekah loved God and showed it. I think we should do the same, even when it’s sometimes hard. It will always bring rewards in the end! Do you want to see Rebekah’s reward? Just watch.

Finally, as Rebekah finished, the man spoke to her.
“Whose daughter are you? Please tell me, is there room in your father’s house for us to spend the night?” he asked.
Rebekah felt glad she knew her family history, and also glad they had a spare room.
“I am the daughter of Bethuel and the granddaughter of Nahor. We have plenty of room for you.”

The man seemed excited and followed her. It was only later that Rebekah found out that this man was the servant of Abraham, her grandfather’s brother. Abraham’s son Isaac was not married, and the servant had come here, to Abraham’s home town, to find a wife for him. He had prayed to God and God had brought Rebekah. He wanted to bring her back with him to where Abraham lived. Rebekah was overjoyed when her father and brother said yes.
“Rebekah!” Rebekah looked up to hear her mother’s voice. It was the next day since the servant had arrived, and Rebekah, somewhat alarmed, wondered if he was already ready to leave. When she arrived, she found the servant of Abraham, her mother, and her brother standing outside the house.
“This man wants you to leave with him now.” Her mother explained, tears standing in her eyes.

“We have decided to ask you if you will go now or stay a few more days.” Rebekah hesitated.

She would really miss her family, and she might not ever see them again. Then again, this whole encounter had to be God’s blessing on her life, and she wasn’t sure it would be wise to wait before following His plan. With a deep breath, she made her decision.
“I will go.”

Rebekah had a chance to follow God’s plan, and she took it. The best thing about this story is, it’s true! The somewhat longer biblical version can be found in Genesis 24. Next time you wonder what you should do while waiting, remember Rebekah. Get out and serve God!

Princess Melody~*~

1 comment:

  1. Greetings to one and all: In that most precious name. That name which is above every name, the name: “Jesus”

    There’s tremendous power in that name. I’d suppose we’ll never fully realize all that can truly be accomplished, by us simply calling out that name in true faith.

    There’s an old, old, gospel song that goes like this: Faith in the Father, faith in the Son, faith in the Holy Spirit, great victories are won. Demons will tremble and sinners will awake, faith in Jehovah will anything shake.

    For you who have never come into this realization, if you’re reading this, just give him a welcome into your heart and life. You will both feel and see an awesome difference. You will have also purchased the ticket to heaven (by accepting, therefore making him welcome to come into your life. You will also sup from His cup that contains living water. (As did the woman at the well of Bethesda.) John 4:10

    Much love,
    William Dunigan

    Your brother in Christ Jesus, who is both our Lord, and Savior.