Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

Happily Ever After

Genesis 24:34 - Genesis 27:42

You should pop some popcorn before you start reading today.

Settle in.

Put your feet up.

Then prepare your heart ...you are about to read one of the best love scenes ever written in the scriptures.

 

Yesterday we were introduced to a damsel with a kind heart.  How do we know her heart was kind?  "And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water of thy pitcher.  And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink.  And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking."  (Genesis 24:17-19)

Do you know how much a camel can drink?  Up to 20 gallons in one sitting.  20 gallons.

Without being asked, out of the goodness of her heart, Rebekah offered to draw water for the servant's camels with her pitcher ––until they were done drinking.

That's what kind of damsel Rebekah was.

And in today's reading she is about to be introduced to Isaac.

The same Isaac we learned about yesterday  ––who was loved much, who was obedient, who was trustworthy.

(Now this is the part when you need the popcorn and a soundtrack ...preferably one with violins and a cello.)

"Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide:

and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and behold, the camels were coming.

And Rebekah lifted up her eyes,

and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel.

For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us?"  (Genesis 24:63-65)

At this point in the story the scriptures become a little sketchy.  We don't get to read about the introduction, or the courtship, or the details of the wedding...but we do know this, "she became his wife; and he loved her."  (Genesis 24:67)

He loved her.

Three simple words which evoke powerful emotion.  He loved her.

Just for today I am content to know that Isaac loved Rebekah, the damsel with the kind heart.

It makes me happy.

You should know that I smiled the entire time I read those verses.  And they made me so happy the first time, I actually went back and read them again.

A love story.

A fairytale filled with adventure and romance, and courage, and hope, and everlasting love.

Right there in Genesis.

"In most languages there exists a phrase as magical and full of promise as perhaps any in the world. That phrase is “Once upon a time. Aren’t those wonderful words to begin a story? “Once upon a time” promises something: a story of adventure and romance, a story of princesses and princes. It may include tales of courage, hope, and everlasting love. In many of these stories, nice overcomes mean and good overcomes evil. But perhaps most of all, I love it when we turn to the last page and our eyes reach the final lines and we see the enchanting words “And they lived happily ever after.”

The day will come when you turn the final pages of your own glorious story; there you will read and experience the fulfillment of those blessed and wonderful words: “And they lived happily ever after.” (Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Your Happily Ever After, April 2010)

I believe that with all my heart.

I really do.

 

Emily Freeman