Genesis 29:15 Then Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?” 16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 Leah’s eyes were lovely, and Rachel was graceful and beautiful. 18 Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.” 19 Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to any other man; stay with me.” 20 So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.
I’m drawn this morning to verse 20. So often men and women in the bible get together for practical reasons – to form a bond between families or to produce offspring to continue a family line. But here we read something different. There is genuine romance, love, emotional/spiritual connection between Jacob and Rachel. Well, technically we’re not told if Jacob’s love is reciprocated, but the implication is that Rachel also loves Jacob.
There is something magical about being in love. It’s intoxicating, really. Granted, that form of love tends not to last forever. Love matures and evolves into something less intense, but more stable and sustainable. However, one never forgets the power of young love. It’s awesome, a gift of God.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the ways you draw men and women together. It’s part of your plan for creation. Let us never take love for granted, for it is a precious thing. Amen.