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Worth the Wait By Cleo Dailey III

Genesis 29:20

And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.”

Cleo Dailey, III (Modern-day Lazurus)So your hair is just right, your breath is fresh, and you are ready to go on that date you have been waiting on. What if they were running late? What if they ran seven years late? Problem is, in the society we live in, where speed dating and cyber love are commonplace, most of us could not fathom waiting that long for something. But Jacob begged to differ. Jacob understood that love, in its truest form, has no expiration date. He understood what Solomon would eventually write, when he penned, “Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it.” (S.o S. 8:7)

This verse could be looked at from two different perspectives. Rachel, the object of Jacob’s affection, had a choice. She could wait for 7 years for the man of her dreams, or she could be ready in 7 minutes for a man of her desire. Jacob could have easily settled for Leah who was available at the moment, but he chose to work for (to stay consistent in gaining the respect of) Rachel and her family. There is a theme here. We often settle for what we can live with, while we should fight for what we cannot live without. Had Jacob or Rachel chose wrong, the fate of all mankind would be changed. You see, of the lineage of their offspring would come a Savior, who loved you enough to travel through eternity to bring you to Himself. That seems like a pretty good catch. His name is Jesus. He is a gentleman.

The temporary decisions we make to satisfy our “today” never only affect us alone. Rather, they can potentially alter our very future. In this season of love and emotion, it is easy to give more than what you would normally give to someone. Before you make that decision, ask yourself, “does this person deserve me? Would they wait for me like Rachel or Leah did? Would I be able to handle what would become of us joining together?” Believe me, you are worth the wait.

-Modernday Lazurus