Have you ever rolled a stone over? Sometimes there are worms; sometimes little rolly polly bugs; sometimes only grass or dirt. Whether surprises or not, moving a stone is an interesting experience.
The daily Bible reading from Faith this morning was Genesis 29: 1 – 14, that describes the first meeting of Jacob, son of Isaac, with his future wife, Rachel. They met at a well where shepherds bring their sheep. They are an unlikely couple.
I don’t think lookingforawife.com would have paired them up:
• He is blessed. She is a lowly shepherd.
• He is fleeing. She is following her daily routine.
• He is a younger son. She is a younger daughter.
• He is a dreamer. She is down to earth.
• He is looking for his uncle. She is looking for the well.
• He is a tither. She has nothing to give.
• She needs the stone covering the well to be rolled away; Jacob rolls it away.
The only thing they have in common is that Jacob is looking for water and so is Rachel. And, by the way, she also is his first cousin.
Part of verse 8 says this: We can’t water the sheep “until…the stone has been rolled away from the mouth of the well. Then we will water the sheep.” Without waiting for the proper time, Jacob rolls the stone away, and the sheep are given fresh water.
So they meet, water the sheep, fall in love and eventually marry. (But that is another story.)
As I read this, I remembered the words from Matthew 2: “And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.” And what did they see behind the stone? Nothing; An empty hole. Jesus was gone; he was alive!
You never know what you will find when you roll a stone over!