And when she had finished giving him a drink, she said, “I will draw water for your camels also, until they have finished drinking.” Then she quickly emptied her pitcher into the trough, ran back to the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels. And the man, wondering at her, remained silent so as to know whether the Lord had made his journey prosperous or not. (Genesis 24:19-21)
The response to Eliezer’s prayer to find the right woman for his master’s son was immediate. Before he had finished speaking Rebekah was already on her way to the well carrying a vessel upon her shoulder (in Hebrew, שכם shechem). It is interesting that she, being from a prominent family, would have been carrying the pitcher; she could have had servants to perform such a strenuous task. It is obvious that something miraculous happened – in accordance with Abraham’s prayer, the angel of the LORD went before him.
The episode is faintly reminiscent of the encounter Yeshua had with the woman at the well. In John 4, Yeshua asked her for a drink just as Eliezer asked Rebekah. The essence of the conversation between Yeshua and the Samaritan woman describes what the Father is looking for — a bride for His Son who worship the Father in spirit and in truth. And just as Rebekah ran to tell her family of the encounter at the well, the Samaritan woman ran into Shechem to tell the villagers that she had encountered the Messiah.
Reflecting on these events we, as believers, can be confident that the Spirit of God will indeed direct our steps. If we are willing to follow, He will guide us in such a way that we will encounter those people who are meant to be part of our life; He has a plan for each of us and others play an important part of that plan. More importantly, if we are willing to follow, we can encounter Him in such a way that, like the Rebekah and the Samaritan woman, our lives will be eternally transformed. Let us pray that, today, He will lead us into all truth and that He will perform His perfect will in our lives and in the lives of our family.
Blessings and Shalom,