Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milkah, who was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor. The woman was very beautiful, a virgin; no man had ever slept with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jar and came up again. The servant hurried to meet her and said, “Please give me a little water from your jar.” “Drink, my lord,” she said, and quickly lowered the jar to her hands and gave him a drink.After she had given him a drink, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels too, until they have had enough to drink.” So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough, ran back to the well to draw more water, and drew enough for all his camels.
Rebekah was willing and eager to help this man who was a stranger to her. She went above and beyond his request for water by also watering his camels. This was not an easy task. It took many trips to the well to draw enough for the camels to be full. But she was diligent and finished the task with joy. She allowed the Lord to use her and was greatly blessed for it!
Talk about eager hands! Rebekah had them! I just have to say that I love this story. If you are able you should read the entire story of Rebekah. But I am inspired by her willingness to help and the joy she had doing it. She did more for this stranger than some of use do for our own families in a day. (Watering that many camels probably took most of her day and many trips carrying the heavy water jug) More importantly she did it without complaint and with joy. We can take a lesson and learn from Rebekah. We should work with her diligence, willingness, compassion, joy and grace!
It makes me think, what can we do to serve those around us that we have avoided because we think of it as “to much work”? How have we blocked God’s blessing by not doing tasks that he has put before us? What “water jugs” do you need to pick up and start carrying? Or, if you are already carrying them how can you change your outlook to one of joy and eagerness?
Lord, thank you for your word, your “living water”. Help me to be willing to serve not only strangers but loved ones also. Help me to have joy and compassion to those around me. Help me be diligent and eager to complete my tasks. Amen