The Text from Broadway: “I'm Not That Girl” from the Broadway musical Wicked.
There's a girl I know, he loves her so....I'm not that girl...
The Text from Scripture: Genesis 29
So Jacob went in to Rachel also, and he loved Rachel more than Leah...Audio Recording of Scripture & Sermon can be found here.
Because our stories are all alike, and a little bit different, I wonder:
Growing up, did you and Rachel argue over what beauty means? Did she wield her good looks like a weapon? Did she taunt you for your bad eyes? What did you think, when your cousin Jacob came to town? When he noticed your sister – like everyone did – and you remained unseen?
All those seven years as Jacob worked – did you know what your father had up his sleeve? Did you try to talk him out of it? Or did you embrace it as an escape, your last, best, chance for finding a partner, for leaving a difficult home?
At the altar, how did you feel? Were you sick inside? Were you silently grateful? And on your wedding night, in the darkness of the tent, knowing that your husband imagined he was touching someone else? Were you able to weep then, or did you hold off until the morning, when a portion of the truth was revealed? Over the days of the honeymoon, did you hope you could come to terms with one another? For the next seven years, how did you hold the pieces of your broken heart together, seeing him work day after day for the love of another?
If we could sit down over a cup of tea, I would ask you these things, and seek to learn from your strength. And then, when you were done saying the things that needed to be said, I would share what I have with you…