Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Leah "Impatient"

Camellia Hill

The Story of Leah

"Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured." (Genesis 29:17)

It’s a Mess … but I can see HIS beauty

Let's have a discussion about a young woman named Leah. Maybe you have met her in your lifetime. Her name suggests impatient, which in the Hebrew means to be weary. Leah was the daughter of Laban, the sister to Rachel, and wife to Jacob, all who emotionally abused her love. Unfortunately, for Leah, she was not seen as the attractive of the two daughters. She was the first of the two daughters married to Jacob, but was not Jacob’s beloved. This union brought seven children.

Her character exhibited a strong and persistent presence in sharing love.

In contrast to her greatest attribute of love, she endured the burden of rejection, manipulation, jealousy, and selfishness from those she loved so dear. She dealt with the affliction of loving selfish individuals and at the same time neglecting her own needs and desires. Leah carried a silent cry of sorrow as she felt less than her sister and the rejection from feeling unloved by her husband. Does she sound familiar?

Perhaps you can relate on some level to what appeared to be Leah’s messy life. In spite of the messy place, Leah looked passed it and acknowledged her place of beauty in Genesis 29:31 "When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved, he opened her womb."

Despite all the negative emotions surrounding her, the symbolic promise came from the Lord opening her womb. It was Leah’s consistency that would not break her spirit, regardless of the emotional damaging events in her life. Her desire to continue to trust and love is what captured the Lord’s attention. Yes, it was a mess but Leah saw beauty. It’s imperative to use a good formula: consistent faith + love + trust = HIS beauty in any mess.

I would like to admonish you to start by building your affirmations as Leah did in the naming process of her children. With her first child Reuben, in Genesis 29:32, she said, "Surely the Lord hast looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me." With her fourth child Judah, in Genesis 29:35, she said, "Now will I praise the Lord."

In light of the shared views, I leave you with this thought, It’s a Mess… but I can see HIS beauty.

Bible Scripture references: Genesis 29-35; Ruth 4:11

Camellia Hill is known as a motivational speaker. She is the Chief Executive Officer of Generations of Leaders Consulting (GoLC), LLC, an educator, certified coach, Director of Communications for the Johnnie Alberta Foundation, a non-profit academic scholarship organization. She is pursuing a passion to “mold risk takers and develop leaders”. With a Master of Science in Communication Technology, Camellia Hill is viewed as a catalyst in her professional and social community. More importantly she loves the Lord. Connect with Camellia at www.iamcamelliahill.com


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