I love the Bible. Some things mean one thing when you read them casually, but when you slow down and really take a look at them, they mean something else entirely. Today’s verse is like that.
Genesis 24:14 (GW)–I will ask a girl, ‘May I please have a drink from your jar?’ If she answers, ‘Have a drink, and I’ll also water your camels,’ let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. This way I’ll know that you’ve shown your kindness to my master.”
At first blush, this is kind of like Gideon’s fleece. (By the way, Gideon? He’s my all time favorite Old Testament dude. Long story there. We’ll have to talk about that someday.) It seems like Abraham’s servant throws out this random sign about watering camels.
But, oh… it’s so much more than that. See, hauling up water was a hard job. Hauling up enough to water several camels? That was backbreaking. To do it voluntarily indicated a certain kind of heart in a person… The kind of heart Abraham would have wanted for his son. If he’d asked, she likely would have said yes, simply because of the female roles in that day. But he didn’t ask. She volunteered. She could have stopped at giving him the water he requested, but she went above and beyond.
I guess, even then, being an animal lover said something about a person, huh? She thought about those poor camels. I’m just sayin’…
Know what else I love? A bonus part of a verse, 15a says, “Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came with her jar on her shoulder.” Love it! “Before he had finished praying…” How awesome is God? He was answering before the servant even asked.
Hm. How often do we miss out because we don’t ask?
Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?
So, have you ever had a time when God answered… even as you were asking?