“Hey, good morning, Brother!”
Jake and Sally were taking their seats next to me and my family, joining us for our Sunday morning church service. Over the past year, I became acquainted with the two of them. Sally used a walker and had difficulty standing for prolonged periods of time. Thus, during many of the worship songs, she would remain seated while the rest of the congregation stood-but not this morning!
The church worship team was leading us in a driving rendition of a well-known song. As we sang, the music was punctuated by shouts of, “Thank you, Jesus!” as enthusiastic worshippers expressed their gratitude to God. As the song continued, I felt intermittent thuds, out of time with the music. At first, I thought the bass guitar was mixed too high but a rapid motion next to me caught my eye. It was Sally, standing and pounding the top of the chair in front of her. Completely absorbed by the moment, all of her physical limitations vanished. She leaped up from her seat as she exuberantly expressed her love and devotion to her Lord and Savior!
What a joy it is to worship with this woman! When our senses are overtaken with gratitude and thanksgiving, all constraints and limitations of this world may disappear. The patriarch Jacob knew what this was like.
So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.
Genesis 29:20 (ESV)
Jacob was in love with Rachel and gladly offered to work for seven years for his future father-in-law, Laban, in exchange for her hand in marriage. I love the very real sentiment the Bible records of Jacob’s affection when the seven years “seemed to him but a few days.”
We all need to unabashedly pound our chairs to acknowledge the indescribable gift of salvation that Jesus Christ has given to all who place their trust and faith in Him!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.