Today’s article is another installment in Sister Alena X. Ricci’s series on the women of the Bible.
Rachel is the beautiful, coveted sister. She is the one who you expect much of. But in her story, she experiences heartbreak. She wants children, and it is a long and difficult time before she gets them.
I’m going to focus on one verse in her story, Genesis 30:22. It is one of those verses that makes you stumble in your reading and pause, realizing how powerful this moment was for this woman.
Here was a woman who only wanted children, and she didn’t have them.
But verse 22 says that God remembered her.
And He listened.
Take a deep breath here.
God remembered her, and He listened.
God remembers me, and He listens.
God remembers you and He listens.
I don’t know about you, but it is pretty impressive to me that the God who is literally holding the universe in His hands is listening and thinking about me. And not only that, but He is actively making my life better.
We are never promised that our lives will be perfect, that we’ll always be the most beautiful or have a multitude of sons, but we are promised that no matter what, God is with us.
That no matter what, He remembers us and He listens.
I am 99 percent sure that my coworkers don’t always listen to me. (If they did, I would be the boss, right?) But God does.
Rachel’s story is so impactful because she is a stark reminder to each and every one of us that every day, every hour, every second, every time we pray before a meal or whisper a quick prayer before something, or even think, “God help me,” He is listening.
What I love about Rachel is her boldness. The Scripture says that God remembers her and listens and allows her to give birth to Joseph. She names Joseph with a request behind that name, to bless her with another son.
To me, Rachel acts out Hebrews 4:16 as she approaches the throne of grace with boldness and with confidence that God has heard her and will hear her again.
That is being bold — knowing that He remembers you and listens, and then going to Him again in confidence of that fact.
God remembers you, and He is listening.
Image credit: Detail from “The Meeting of Jacob and Rachel” by William Dyce, (1806-1864)
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