The Grass is Always Greener

Amber Allen
Rachel - Genesis 29
The grass is always greener on the other side. We have all probably heard this phrase. At some point in life, we have all wanted for more than we have been given and have looked at someone else and envied his/her lot. Often times when our plans for life do not pan out the way we think they should, we question God. We question His plan. But, His plans are far better than our own.
The same could be said for Rachel. Jacob and she had a plan. He was to work for Rachel’s father, Laban, for seven years so that he could marry Rachel. They nurtured their relationship through their engagement and grew madly in love with one another. Then, the BIG day arrived. Only things did not go as planned. Jacob was tricked into marrying Leah, Rachel’s sister, and was unable to marry Rachel until he worked seven more years. Leah began bearing children, but Rachel did not. She became extremely jealous and selfish. Rachel was never happy with what she had. She was not content with what the Lord had already given to her.
When we started trying to have children, we had a plan. However, God had different plans for us. We tried hard for over two years to conceive. I grew angry and scared. All I ever wanted was to be a mom. I questioned God; I began to wonder if He had turned His back. It seemed all around me women were getting pregnant with no issues, and oh how I envied them. When we finally conceived, we were overjoyed! There was no containing our excitement. But, that joy was short lived when I suffered a miscarriage not long after finding out I was pregnant. My anger and resentment grew. Was I being punished for something? Faced with the reality that my greatest desire might not be fulfilled, I sought out wisdom and encouragement from others who had walked similar paths, and my husband and I began to seek out God’s will for us. We held onto the belief that even though we could not see beyond our hurt, God saw our pain, and He was working all things together for His grand plan.

God’s grace and love flooded in. God reminded us with the birth of our daughters that He does give us the desires of our hearts. That our hope is in Him.
Disappointment comes in all sizes, it seems. Desires are delayed in our minds or left unfulfilled or we lose a loved one. We all experience disappointment for different reasons or in different ways. It can be a passing emotion, or it may hit very powerfully. When our plans are seemingly destroyed, we have to choose to believe that God is sovereign and all knowing, and our sufferings are part of His plan. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11) Our hopes will ultimately be fulfilled in Christ, and He alone has the power to wipe away our tears. Our deepest desires will be satisfied in His redemptive plan.
As we head into the holiday season, where is our focus? Is it on the material things we feel we are missing? Is it on loved ones who are no longer with us for the first time this season? Wherever you find yourself, I encourage you to shift your focus on Jesus. He is our hope. Rest in the peace of knowing that God has far bigger things planned for our lives than we could ever imagine.

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