Are you ready to hop on a bumpy, slow-moving camel, to travel 500-900 miles to a place you’ve never been, with a person you just met, to marry a guy you’ve never laid eyes on?
As I pick up Genesis again, Abraham has confidently sent his servant to find a wife for his son, Isaac. (Genesis 24)
Abraham is old, he sends his oldest, most trusted servant, back to his hometown to find this wife among his people. The journey the servant will take is estimated to be between 500-900 miles on slow moving camels. (A fully loaded camel can go about 20 miles a day-if you were wondering). But let’s move on…
Abraham gives his servant specific instructions that the wife for Isaac should be willing to follow him back (for 500-900 miles, on a bumpy, slow-moving camel, to a place she’s never been, with a servant she doesn’t know, to marry a guy she’s never laid eyes on).
This is a BIG ASK even for kind-hearted Rebekah who, when she meets the servant, draws water for both the man and his camels. (And camels drink lots of water when they drink! The average camel can drink 30 gallons of water, and given the servant had many camels, Rebekah likely worked for hours to draw enough water for these camels).
The servant is impressed with Rebekah and believes her to be the wife chosen for Isaac. He explains his intentions to Rebekah and her family, and when Rebekah is asked to leave her home, family, and all she has known, she goes.
And I want to know more!
Was Rebekah convinced as she saw Abraham’s servant worship the Lord? Was she drawn to agree because God had given her a supernatural peace? What caused this young woman to, by this account, walk forward without struggling in God’s plan for her life?
We don’t know.
God doesn’t tell us.
We don’t get the inside scoop.
We just know she went and God blessed.
And with that, as many of us would like to hope differently, we should know, God does not always tell us everything or explain Himself. 😳
He is God. We are not.
And we have to understand sometimes we won’t understand. And that’s okay. That’s part of trusting a God who is all good, sees all, and is working all things together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. (Rom 8:28)
And, we who call ourselves Christians, have a part to play in this world that is His – as the old song says, “we are to trust and obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey” (Sammis)
You may be able to sing that old sweet song with me right now, but those aren’t just words to sing. They are words we are called to live.
Is God asking you to trust Him?
To obey Him?
To follow Him somewhere new?
Oh friend, you can trust Him and I can too (so, please let’s keep reminding each other).
And maybe today, that is what we need to remember and remind each other…
We can trust God!
We CAN trust God!
So we can walk forward in whatever He’s calling us to do! ❤️