Don’t wait or walk. Run to God’s answer!
“Before he had finished praying, he saw a young woman…Running over to her…” -Genesis 24:15, 17 NLT
There aren’t many love stories in the Bible. Ruth is a favorite. David and Abigail is pretty neat. The Song of Solomon is basically a love story/poem. My favorite love story is very un-Western – the story of Rebekah and Isaac.
It’s an arranged marriage, and the hero of the story is Abraham’s servant (Abraham is the father of Isaac). This unnamed servant is sent on a mission to find a wife for Isaac from among Abraham’s people.
Feeling the weight of his task, this servant prays for wisdom and grace. He specifically asks for a woman to come and willingly water his camels. I once did the calculations of what this meant. It would be hundreds if not thousands of gallons of water.
Above is the result of his prayer. Before he even finishes Rebekah enters the scene, and the rest is history. When Isaac and Rebekah first lay eyes on each other, it’s like a movie scene. Everything around them slows down, they run into each other’s arms, and they live happily after-ever. Seriously.
However, it begins with a prayer.
Just as importantly, it takes the faith of a servant. He expresses his faith through his prayer (a woman to come and water his camels). What I love is his expression of faith when he sees Rebekah. He doesn’t wait. He doesn’t walk. He’s not calm or collected. The servant runs to her. He is not going to allow this moment to pass. He’s going to get his (God’s) girl for Isaac.
Too often, I can be guilty of waiting. I walk. I take my time. I want to be calm, cool and collected. I know the direction God has for me, my family, but I hesitate. Sometimes it’s a lack of faith. Other times it’s disobedience. Either way, I give opportunity to miss out on what God has for me.
What about you? Do you wait? Walk?
This week, be a little undignified about the answers to prayer God presents to you. Run! Run to the answer God gives you. Don’t miss out because the answer is coming.