"But before I had finished speaking in my heart, there was Rebekah, coming out with her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down to the well and drew water. And I said to her, 'Please let me drink.' And she made haste and let her pitcher down from her shoulder, and said, 'Drink, and I will give your camels a drink also.' So I drank, and she gave the camels a drink also."
Genesis 24: 45-46
From my reading of Chapter 24 of Genesis, I took away two points: the importance of praying for assistance and serving with grace.
Abraham's servant prays to God that the next woman who comes to the well will "...'be the woman whom the Lord has appointed for my master's son.'" (Genesis 24:44) Too often in my life, I tend to forget to ask the Lord for help. He is willing to provide answers. I must remember to pray and ask. The Lord provided Abraham's servant with an answer to his prayer - a bride for Abraham's son. The beautiful Rebekah goes willingly to marry Issac.
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The second key point that I took was: serving others with grace is very important. Rebekah gladly serves Abraham's trusted servant, at his request. She didn't just retrieve water for the servant but also for his ten camels who must have been thirsty as they were laden with bridal gifts. Rebekah poured water for the servant and his camels and showed her willingness to help others in her actions. Serving others is sometimes taken for granted. As a mom, I serve others all the time. It seems endless but it is so important to serve others with grace.
(Tradition holds that Abraham's servant's name is Eliezer but there is not definitive proof that he is the same man mentioned in Genesis 15:2.)
How do you remember to ask for assistance? When you serve others, do you remember to do so with grace?