Love At First Sight

Love At First Sight

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
http://bible.com/114/gen.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.

Love Finds Joy
Love At First Sight – even the heavens have been arranged by Him

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?

 

Love in the Beginning 1983
Our Wedding Day of 30 years ago

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?

My Love Ed
My Love My Life My Husband for Life
Swaying Trees

Swaying Trees

Bible Art Journaling isn’t new, but it is popular and trending right now. It is a form of worship where you take a passage that you’ve read and studied and let your creativity go to capture the message being revealed to you. I have come to be quite fond of the time I spend journaling during my devotions.  I find it beneficial as I’m dwelling on the passage the entire time I’m creating.  Don’t get me wrong, I am no artist, but that’s the beauty of it – you don’t have to have an art degree to get your creative side going, after all we were created in the image of God the Creator.

A group of women from my church gather together to study, create and have some fellowship.  We are all budding artists and braving the world of Bible Art Journaling. This month we took on Judges 9:7-15.

The major point of Jotham’s parable was that worthless people seek to lord it over others, and  worthy individuals are too busy doing the will of the Father to seek out positions of authority. The trees were seeking a king but were turned down; by the oldest -the olive tree, the most common – the fig tree, and the staple -the vine. All these, were busy serving and fulfilling their purpose. So, in desperation they turned to the bramble. Bramble was useful for kindling, it also frequently caught fire and spread through out the farms. The only requirement the bramble put out was that the trees seek its shade. Jotham uses  irony in this statement, for the shrub hardly casts a shadow. What Jotham was pointing out was that by making Abimelech their king they were appointing a worthless man and if what he said was true that they would be cursed. And so it came to pass that Abimelech ended up with a disastrously short and violent go at being King.

Lessons to learn from the trees:
1. There was no occasion at all for the trees to choose a king; they are all the trees of the Lord which he has planted ( Psalm 104:16 ) and which he will protect. Nor was there any need for the people to have a king for the Lord was their King. We are His people.
2. We lose our sweetness when we seek to elevate ourselves to positions of vain power
3. We must seek to be useful rather than to be great. Those that are useful are the true servants.
4. Who is your King? Is there something in your life that is elevated to the status of kingship?

I invite you you to comment below about your experience with Bible Art Journaling and share this post with others.

*Artwork done using pan watercolors on a page prepped with clear matte gel medium.

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