WHO ARE LEAH AND RACHEL?
That list doesn't even do their story justice. There are so many layers to it, but hopefully that will help jog your memory a little bit as to who these two sisters were.
WHAT I HAVE LEARNED FROM LEAH AND RACHEL'S STORY
I don't want to make this post go on and on, so I want to get right to the point and share with you what I have learned this week as I have studied, on a deeper level than I previously have, about these two women.
[A couple of things you must keep in mind as you read any story in the Bible are (1) You have to keep in mind that these events took place in a very different time and a very different place than the world we live in today and (2) the Bible has been robbed of many plain and precious truths and these stories may be missing some very important parts.]
"Only by trusting in the Lord could [Leah and Rachel's] pain and disappointment be removed and their souls healed. Their individual struggles to let go of burdens created by those who should have been their protectors while learning to rely on the grace of God, affords us a great lesson for our day" (167).
"In this way, Leah represents those whom God loves, even if no one else seems to" (168).
"Like Rachel, we may see trials as punishments from God rather than as divine gifts to strengthen and polish us. Although difficult circumstances differ significantly from one person to another...challenges are one of the humbling conditions of mortality that include persuasive invitations to draw closer to God" (174).
LIFE IS UNPREDICTABLE FOR EVERYONE
I am grateful for the examples of these two beautiful daughter of God. I know we only have a snippet of their lives and I look forward to meeting them in heaven someday and being able to learn more about their challenges and how they overcame them.
I hope that we all can remember that life is unpredictable for everyone. EVERYONE is dealing with something...or many, many things. Let us help each other through our challenges and more importantly, let us turn to the One who loves us more than we can ever imagine. He is the One who will heal our broken hearts, mend our broken minds, and give us strength to go on.
Olson, C. F. (2009). Women of the Old Testament. SALT LAKE CTY, Utah: Deseret Book.
I am loving my second chance at life.
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