Divine providence and prayer, sounds kind of wonky if you don’t believe in a supernatural being – but it’s a good thing God is not a make believe character In a fairy tale.
Looking through the story of Rebekah and Isaac we see God’s mighty hand aligning the events from promises & prayers, to kneeeling camels & thirsty servants at a well, to the servant searching for just the right woman for His master & the unsurpassed generosity he experienced by Rebekah’s kindness, followed by the servant who gifts her with jewelry & the recognition of God’s role in the provision of a wife for Isaac.
Then we have this scene:
“Now Isaac came from the way of Beer Lahai Roi, for he dwelt in the South. And Isaac went out to meditate in the field in the evening; and he lifted his eyes and looked, and there, the camels were coming. Then Rebekah lifted her eyes, and when she saw Isaac she dismounted from her camel; for she had said to the servant, “Who is this man walking in the field to meet us?” The servant said, “It is my master.” So she took a veil and covered herself. And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent; and he took Rebekah and she became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.”
Genesis 24:62-67 NKJV
How romantic! It’s like a scene from a romance novel with the soon to be lovers locking eyes for the first time. From beginning to end, the bride and groom were destined to be together by our Divine Creator who orchestrates even the movement of the stars.
And yet we sometimes question His influence over our lives. Why? Why would we question where God places us? Do we not have the faith that enables us to have joy in every situation?
The excitement in Rebekah and Isaac’s eyes as they encounter one another for the first time would make any wife envious of such a relationship. But think how stressful meeting a total stranger must have been for her. She was offered a groom she had never met, her family even had given her an opportunity to decline the offer, yet she boldly stepped out in faith to meet her groom with expectation and joy. The result of all these choices was the recognition by them both that this was a match made in heaven. Rebekah and Isaac had faith and did not deny that God had his hand over them. There were no questions, just acceptance and faith in their God.
This Valentine’s Day I would challenge you: to think on your spouse as the predestined man of your dreams, look upon him with eyes of excited joy and choose to recognize him as your match made in heaven. For it is in our choosing of the path laid out by God where we find the lasting love of our lives. May you see your spouse with new eyes this Valentine’s Day. I would love to hear from you! In what ways can you seek to see your spouse with new eyes?