Thursday, April 6, 2017

entreat & enquire



And Isaac entreated the Lord for his wife, because she was barren: and the Lord was entreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? 
And she went to enquire of the Lord, And the Lord said unto her, 
when does a picture of sky and water not fit a post, I ask you?


Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.

Rebekah is an intriguing person. Her family is extremely involved in whether or not she can leave to marry a stranger, of course,...but she is asked, and it is her decision from the start to talk to a stranger, offer him help, and eventually to agree to head cross-country to meet his boss. She also makes the first move once they reach Isaac, getting off the camel as soon as he's in view. She watches her husband pray for her to have a baby, gets pregnant, and then when she has a question she heads out to ask God herself. There's not a lot of hesitation in her story. 

Isaac is less interesting to me; bit of a mamma's boy {though okay, that one moment his dad almost killed him might account for that}, takes after his father's sins, even when they make less sense in him {and distant cousin does not a sister make}, but here too...the simplicity of it. His wife can't have a baby. He asks God to fix that, and boom, two babies.

Other details of their life are unfortunate, but focus on just this bit for a moment, on Isaac's simplicity and Rebekah's forthright personality. This is something I want to emulate, and Rebekah's attitude here is one I absolutely want. It's so easy when something seems weird to us to ask a friend...to call a mom...to google it...but picture a day in which every moment of confusion you immediate enquired of the Lord. 
How do you think that day would be different? 
I'm not sure where some things would turn out {is it baking soda or baking powder that goes in the biscuits? God...?}, but you know the kinds of confusion I mean. 

To have Him be my first thought on waking, my last thought on sleeping, my instantaneous reaction to every happening of life has been a goal in my life for quite a long time. Some days, some years, are better than others...but this was my reminder for today to again turn my heart to Him.

How attune is your heart to God? How long does it take you to ask Him when you are trying to deal with something?

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