(NKJV)Genesis 29:9-10
Now while he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep, for she was a shepherdess. [10] And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, that Jacob went near and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother.

(MSG)Genesis 29:9-10
While Jacob was in conversation with them, Rachel came up with her father's sheep. She was the shepherd. The moment Jacob spotted Rachel, daughter of Laban his mother's brother, saw her arriving with his uncle Laban's sheep, he went and single-handedly rolled the stone from the mouth of the well and watered the sheep of his uncle Laban.

Dear Sis,

Please see some salient points from this story:
1. Every Man’s Woman: Rachael here was described as the shepherd or shepherdess... This kind of work was, and still is, common to men. But Rachael, a woman, chose this profession. This shows some impeccable qualities in her: independence, fearlessness, diligence, security, high self-esteem, capability, reliability, the list goes on. The husband of ladies like Rachael need not worry because they are married to a wife who is capable of playing a wife and a husband when the need arises. A Rachael will not wait on her husband to survive, eat, live, or take care of the household. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will not lack anything good. (Proverbs 31:11) Are you dependable, reliable, are you a worthy servant? Are you the type that thinks your security is in a man/marriage or do you stand up, live up and be whom God wants you to be? Can your husband find in you an independent, yet dependable partner? Do you see yourself being strong in the face of storms or cowering, and waiting for hubby to stand up and fight the fight you should fight?

2. In Her Father’s Business. According to the scripture, Rachael came with her father's sheep. In other words, she was in the father's business. The heart of her father can trust her with inheritance, riches, wealth, jobs, because she will use/do it with all her might, strength and in the right way. God can trust a Rachael with ministries and missions because this Rachael will not only do it well, she will take care of God's sheep. Remember how God boasted about Abraham when He said about him, “For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice.” (Genesis 18:19). Can God boast about you? Can He trust you enough to commit a work into your hand? Are you in God's business or you're just a spectator in the house of your Father? Can God trust you with His sheep/children/converts/or even wealth?

3. Rightly Placed. Jacob spotted/saw her because she was in the RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME. Positioning matters too. While prayer works, positioning yourself right will speed up things too. Remember, faith without work profiteth little. You've prayed, you've exercised your faith, then get to work. Be strategic. Position yourself right. Be at the right spot where you'd be spotted. Meet great friends; network; move with great minds. Christianity doesn't mean isolation. Remember, Rachael was with her other shepherd friends. They even told Jacob about her before she came. And when you meet these friends, your character will also go a long way in how they will present you to your Jacob. Friends, where are you now? What type of friends do you hangout with? Who's in your network and how do you treat them? What do your friends, family, and neighbours have to say about the real you?
4. Taken in Limelight. Jacob had been discussing with her friends without making a move to roll the stone blocking the well (Genesis 29:2-8); it wasn't until he saw Rachael (in limelight, in her beauty) that he made a MOVE (to ask her hand in marriage; to love her) to help them. Friends, come to LIMELIGHT. Your Jacob is waiting for you! As soon as he sees you in beauty, in glory, in limelight, in the Father's business, in all seriousness, he will make a MOVE. He won't make a move when you're still in obscurity; in idleness; wallowing in self-pity; crying in the corners of your room. Come to limelight. Do things that will get you noticed. Work for the Father and He will work for you; live within your purpose and your purposeful partner will find you. Yes you have to wait, but wait smartly, diligently, spiritually, strategically, academically, and career-wise. Be bold, be beautiful, be you, be better, before he spots you; and when he does, he’d never ever want to let you go. Are you in limelight or in obscurity?

Let's ponder.


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