Have you read any books by Holley Gerth? Or maybe one of your friends has found some of her encouraging words and popped them in an E-mail. Well, Holley’s doing a series on her blog this year, all about God-sized dreams. I haven’t been great at participating, but I’m joining in this time as she’s asked us to find a God-sized dream story that inspires us, and write about it.
There are so many dreamers in the Bible, but the one I want to think about is Jacob. He had a dream: She was slim and beautiful … Her name was Rachel. He met her one day when she was a shepherdess, looking after her father’s sheep. Rachel was Jacob’s cousin and he was about to stay at her family-home. By the time he’d been there a month, he was in-love with her, so when his uncle asked what wages he should give him, Jacob knew: He wanted to take Rachel as his wife, and he agreed to work 7 years for the privilege.
What must those 7 years have been like? Who did Jacob meet? Were there other young women in town, and was Jacob very good-looking? I wonder if anyone tried to persuade him not to wait 7 years for the one he loved … But the Bible says very clearly that they seemed like just a few days to him because of his love for Rachel (Genesis 29:20).
Then it happened – the wedding day came, but his uncle Laban tricked him. When it was dark, Laban gave Jacob his daughter – the other daughter; Rachel’s elder sister, Leah. I wonder how Jacob felt when he woke up next to Leah. Did the doubts come sweeping in? Had the other girls been right all along – was this a door closed? Because not everyone respects the one who waits. Some people, when they don’t see instant results, will say: “What if it’s not God’s will?” or: “God can do anything, but …”
Do you know why Jacob inspires me? Because he didn’t let anyone dampen his spirits. He didn’t give up on his dream and just accept second-best. He confronted his uncle. “Didn’t I work to get Rachel? Why did you trick me?” and the confrontation paid off. Within a week, they were married and starting their life together. Could it be that when you feel like giving up, the best is just around the corner?
I read this quote from Henry David Thoreau recently: “Friends are kind to one another’s dreams.” Don’t listen to the buts and the naysayers. Hold tight to those friends who encourage you to dream big, … and wait for that dream.