Being an adventurer comes with a schedule of excitement, danger, and something new around every bend. But, like all pioneering men can attest to, there is a certain lack of families. Specifically, of eligible ladies. And while Abraham was surrounded by people, they held very different lifestyles and values. Where was he going to find his boy a wife? Genesis 24-25 tells all about it…
Abraham: Servant, God has blessed me in everything, but I don’t have any grand-kids. Go back to my hometown and see if you can find Isaac a wife from among my kinfolk.
Servant: Okay, that’ll probably be a big journey, I’ll need to pack some nice presents and so on…but, sir, what if there aren’t any girls who want to travel out here to marry your son? I mean, he’s the most eligible bachelor out here, but…he’s out here.
Abraham: And he needs to stay out here! Just do your best.
Ten camels, many servants, and some sore feet later, the servant made it to the city of Nahor, Abraham’s brother. They parked the camels by the well and the servant started praying.
Servant: God, You know my master Abraham, and You’ve been providing for him. And You know Isaac needs a wife…descendants do not come out of thin air, and You’ve promised many. So please send a girl! Please let it be one who will draw water to give me a drink, and then all these thirsty camels, too. Wow. That would be a woman!
And while he was praying, Rebecca walked up. Was she beautiful? Very. Did she offer to draw 10 thirsty camels an all-you-can-drink trough of water? Yes. Did the servant jump up and down and fall on his knees right there to thank God? Oh yeah!
So after some family negotiations and the servant explained his position, Rebecca agreed to go with him, and they left the next morning.
And the rest, as you might say, is history…but there are a few of the good details: he saw her. She saw him. Attraction. Mystery. Intrigue…
“63 And Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening. And he lifted up his eyes and saw, and behold, there were camels coming. 64 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she dismounted from the camel 65 and said to the servant, “Who is that man, walking in the field to meet us?” The servant said, “It is my master.” So she took her veil and covered herself. 66 And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. 67 Then Isaac brought her into the tent of Sarah his mother and took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.”
Ah, true love…it did not stay a perfect story forever, but that’s for another day. And that, everyone, is how Isaac met Rebecca…through some outreach by his dad, thirsty camels, and God’s special help.
God, thank You for love stories. It is so much fun to read about the nearly impossible situations that brought these two people together. You continued to provide for Abraham’s family to fulfill Your promises. God, thank You for giving me a new life through Jesus full of crazy adventures. You promise that as I follow You, You will guide me in a life full of meaning. It will not always make sense, and sometimes it will feel like I am stranded in the middle of nowhere, but You will turn everything for good.Thank You for the adventure. I can’t wait to see where You take me next. And thank You for how Isaac met Rebecca. Amen.