Genesis 2419 When she had finished giving him a drink, she said, “I will draw water for your camels also, until they have finished drinking.” 20 So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough and ran again to the well to draw water, and she drew for all his camels. 21 The man gazed at her in silence to learn whether the Lord had prospered his journey or not.
This is the classic story in the Bible on how Rebekah became Isaac’s wife. The servant of Abraham asked for a sign. He asked God that if a woman would offer to give him and his camel a drink, she would be the one. Reading it now, we might think that there was nothing unusual with the request but if you think about it, it was actually an impossible request to make.
Have you given much thought how much a camel drinks. It would have been significant because it served as a sign to Eliezer that for a woman to do such a thing was not common. It usually takes at least two to four hours to water the camels. Per camel is 40 gallons of water. Ten camels total 400 gallons of water. That is 90 of our 5 gallon water jugs at home.
In the Old Testament, it was customary to offer water to a stranger but when she added “and I’ll water your camels also,” everything changed because she was doing something that was not expected of her.
Rebekah showed character and class. So the servant had a feeling this is the girl for Isaac. Rebekah was not just waiting in her window singing, “someday my prince will come.” She was actually living out her life and giving more than what is expected of her.
Don’t just do what people expect from you, do what’s expected and then some more.
Preparing in life is important. Don’t just prepare thinking that the ultimate destination is marriage. Prepare for life, not marriage. Rebekah had no clue this was about marriage. She went beyond what is ask of her because she had character and selflessness. You will never know the opportunities that will open up for you. Rebekah had no idea with the ramifications of her action. The camel she was watering were full of gold, herbs, spices and riches meant for the woman who will be chosen. No clue on her part – It was the biggest moment of her life. Stop thinking that your camel days are the worst days of your life – it might actually be your BIGGEST MOMENT. Don’t despise your camels. Water it and prepare for it.