Reading: Genesis 24: 42-49
Verse 42: O Lord… if you will, please Grant success on the journey to which I have come.
In today’s passage, Abraham’s servant recounts what happened at the well. In doing so he is trying to persuade them to allow Rebekah to go and become Isaac’s wife. In a way, it is a very strange request. This stranger shows up and wants to take your daughter or sister off to a far away land. But as the story unfolds, two things become apparent to Bethuel and Laban. First, this man has been sent by Abraham. Lava’s father is Abraham’s brother. This is family! Second, God is clearly at work in this process. Through earnest prayer and deep trust in God’s guidance, the servant has been led to the well and now to their home. God’s presence flows throughout the recounting of the story.
Sometimes we too can experience God’s presence in the midst of our unfolding lives. For me it is most often becomes apparent after the fact. I look back on some event or experience and I can see how God led me this way or orchestrated that to happen. In these cases it is reassuring that God was present and guided me. But once in a while we realize that God’s hand is active right in the midst of an event or experience. We have a sense that God is actively there. It is almost as if we were being washed along by the current. We are there, but only sort of. We are acting on behalf of God and He is fully in control of us and of the situation.
In our story today, the faithful servant invites God’s guidance and direction and really triggers God’s active hand. He earnestly wants God to lead and guide him. He is boldly praying a prayer I sometimes only half pray. When the faithful servant prays the “let your will be done” prayer, there is no ‘but’ or any other condition or stipulation. It is simply here I am Lord, let’s go! This day, may I live more fully into the example set by this faithful servant of God. This day may your will be done O Lord.