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Genesis 24:28-49, Choosing of Rebekah

Groundedness in Uncertainty

Narrative Lectionary Daily Devotions written by Kace Leetch from Clergy Stuff.

Abraham's servant swore an oath to Abraham that he would not find a wife for his son from Canaan, but instead return to his homeland to find a wife for Isaac. The servant agreed, but was nervous about fulfilling the oath. What if none of the women there wanted to come? Abraham, being a grounded and wise man, recognized the conundrum, and indicated that if none would come, the servant would be let out of the oath. I wonder if Abraham knew the servant would find the right girl, or if Abraham was simply that confident and peaceful as to know it would turn out all right either way.

I have been working extremely diligently recently to develop a similar kind of groundedness. I try to look at every situation as an opportunity for anything to happen, and a chance for me to learn to be ok with any outcome. It's hard. I want to be in control. But trying to control every aspect of my life has never worked well for me. This new groundedness is working much better!

We are in the process of working to get licensed to become foster parents for newborns. It's something I have wanted to do for many years and I am now in a life space where I can do it. But I'm worried that our lifestyle of so many teens in transition that come and go from our lives and our home might jeopardize our chances of licensing. My partner and I have discussed this at length and have decided that we made the right choice to welcome troubled kids into our lives. And we are making the right choice to pursue foster parent licensing. If the two are not compatible, then God will open other doors for us. If we do get licensed, we know God will walk that journey with us as well. Either way, it's in God's hands now.

There is a tremendous amount of peace that comes with that level of acceptance. It has come with intentional training of body, mind, and spirit, and has been worth every effort. I know that God is with me no matter what, and I look forward to learning what the "what" might be this time.

Narrative Lectionary Text: Genesis 24:28-49

Then the girl ran and told her mother’s household about these things.

Rebekah had a brother whose name was Laban; and Laban ran out to the man, to the spring. As soon as he had seen the nose-ring, and the bracelets on his sister’s arms, and when he heard the words of his sister Rebekah, “Thus the man spoke to me,” he went to the man; and there he was, standing by the camels at the spring. He said, “Come in, O blessed of the Lord. Why do you stand outside when I have prepared the house and a place for the camels?” So the man came into the house; and Laban unloaded the camels, and gave him straw and fodder for the camels, and water to wash his feet and the feet of the men who were with him. Then food was set before him to eat; but he said, “I will not eat until I have told my errand.” He said, “Speak on.” So he said, “I am Abraham’s servant. The Lord has greatly blessed my master, and he has become wealthy; he has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male and female slaves, camels and donkeys. And Sarah my master’s wife bore a son to my master when she was old; and he has given him all that he has. My master made me swear, saying, ‘You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live; but you shall go to my father’s house, to my kindred, and get a wife for my son.’ I said to my master, ‘Perhaps the woman will not follow me.’ But he said to me, ‘The Lord, before whom I walk, will send his angel with you and make your way successful. You shall get a wife for my son from my kindred, from my father’s house. Then you will be free from my oath, when you come to my kindred; even if they will not give her to you, you will be free from my oath.’ “I came today to the spring, and said, ‘O Lord, the God of my master Abraham, if now you will only make successful the way I am going! I am standing here by the spring of water; let the young woman who comes out to draw, to whom I shall say, “Please give me a little water from your jar to drink,” and who will say to me, “Drink, and I will draw for your camels also” —let her be the woman whom the Lord has appointed for my master’s son.’ “Before I had finished speaking in my heart, there was Rebekah coming out with her water jar on her shoulder; and she went down to the spring, and drew. I said to her, ‘Please let me drink.’ She quickly let down her jar from her shoulder, and said, ‘Drink, and I will also water your camels.’ So I drank, and she also watered the camels. Then I asked her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ She said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bore to him.’ So I put the ring on her nose, and the bracelets on her arms. Then I bowed my head and worshiped the Lord, and blessed the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me by the right way to obtain the daughter of my master’s kinsman for his son. Now then, if you will deal loyally and truly with my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, so that I may turn either to the right hand or to the left.”

Earlier Event: September 18
Genesis 24:1-27, Choosing of Rebekah