Repost from @christ_islife: "Genesis 29:18-20
"And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter. And Laban said, It is better that I give her to thee, than that I should give her to another man: abide with me. And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her." Have you ever met someone at a social gathering and the sparks flew? You noticed not only the color of that person’s eyes but also the sparkle in his or her eyes that seemed to invite you to explore that person more deeply. That’s what happened between Jacob and Rachel. Genesis 29:17 says that Rachel was lovely in form and beautiful. Jacob fell so hard for her that he was willing to work for her father for seven years just to marry her.
If you were presented with Jacob’s situation, would you have worked for seven years for the one you loved? Think back to what you were doing seven years ago. Were you working at the same job you are now? Attending the same church? Courting the same person? Our lives change a lot over a seven-year period, don’t they?
Imagine what Rachel must have felt like. She found the man she wanted to marry and then had to be around him often over the next seven years without being able to marry him. She must have struggled with doubts about whether they would ever marry. Then, when the time finally arrived, she must have been devastated to find out that her father had tricked the man she loved into marrying her sister, Leah.
What Rachel could not possibly have understood at the time was that God would eventually bring the Savior of the world through the bloodline of Jacob and Leah. Jesus descended from a marriage that was based on deceit—at least on an earthly level—but God had bigger plans. Rachel eventually married Jacob in God’s perfect timing.
God is orchestrating events in our lives to bring himself glory. Like Rachel, we don’t know God’s timing for our future, but we can trust that just as he knew what he was doing with Rachel, he knows what he is doing with us.
God is trustworthy. He is timeless and His ways are not our ways-they are so much better!! Trust Him!