“So Jacob worked seven years for Rachel. But it only seemed like a few days, he loved her so much” (Genesis 29:20 MSG).
Jacob had never been away from home. He wasn’t like his brother, Esau, who spent much time out in the fields as a hunter and had married a “foreign woman” who gave his parents much trouble. Jacob was a “mama’s boy.” Because he had deceived his father into giving him the blessing of the birthright which belonged to Esau, the firstborn of the twins, when he had to flee from the wrath of his brother, he was very sad.
When I met him at Bethel, Jacob prayed that he would one day be able to return to his home in peace.
It was a lonely, sad young man who arrived at the well of Haran, and met Rachel, his first cousin, the shepherdess. She resembled her aunt Rebekah, Jacob’s mother. So he fell in love with her. And when her father, Laban, saw how he could get free labour out of this strong young man, he asked what kind of wages he wanted. Jacob was so in love with Rachel he didn’t think about what he was doing. He offered to work for Laban for seven years if he could have her as his wife.
Laban agreed to it. And Jacob became Laban’s loveslave. Jacob was content; he was so in love with Rachel that the time flew by. “And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.” He forgot home and family. Every morning, his first thoughts were about Rachel; at night, he fell asleep thinking about her. He dreamed of her. Every spare moment of his life was spent with her. They had eyes only for each other. It turned the years into days — so great was his love for Rachel.
That is the way it is for your loved ones in Heaven. A thousand years is like one day. Does Peter not say, “One day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8)? Time passes very quickly here in My Presence because Heaven is filled with the Glory of Love and Peace. Your loved ones are so happy there, that even if they had the choice to return to you, they would stay here with Me. My Glory takes all their loneliness, their heartaches, their need of you away. It takes away all their pain. They still love you, but the Glory is so great that it removes all pain of separation from those they left behind.
The only way you can bear your loss is by staying in My Presence. My Glory is not limited to Heaven. I will send My Glory down on Earth, and I will comfort you also. So the time will “seem to you but a few days” until you will be with your loved ones who have gone before you. Think of your time of waiting as the “Courtyard of Heaven,” and you will be comforted, and live a useful life and be a blessing to many.
He Sent Me Back to Tell You by Gwen Shaw
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