Monday, July 24 - Sisters, Enough
This week’s devotional is all about what we want but don’t have. As we look at the story of Rachel and Leah (primarily Genesis 29 -30) see if there is anything in their story that you can relate to, especially when it comes to the way culture shapes our expectations and self-image.
When we look at the story of these two women, what parallels can you make to your own striving for more? How do you feel not enough? Pay attention to your own thoughts and emotions this week, and see if anything comes up for you.
Read the story of these two sisters, and pay close attention to Genesis 29:17: “Leah’s eyes were lovely, and Rachel was graceful and beautiful.” Also, pay close attention to the point of view of the narrator, and perhaps the patriarchal viewpoint the narrator brings to the text. Interestingly, the Hebrew word for “lovely” could mean either weak or delicate, so the narrator’s view of Leah may or may not be positive, but Rachel is clearly beautiful. Already, a comparison has begun.
The New Revised Standard Version includes the word “and”, but other versions use the word “but”, as in, Leah’s eyes were nice enough, BUT that Rachel was a real looker.”
Is there a person in your life who seems to be better than you, against whom you always pale in comparison? Is there a feature — physical or not — that you always wish you had, but don’t? What purpose do you think God might have for making that so?