By: Ely Lagajino
The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself. Proverbs 11:25 (NKJV)
A speaker surprises his listeners by saying, “If there is a way, there is a well of water.”
During Jacob’s time, travelers could find a well of water more quickly than a coco lumber hardware. In those days, the pathway leading to a well of water was clear and wide. It was a place for socializing; where working ladies and gentlemen along with their sheep, goats, and cows met every afternoon. Love stories, riddles, jokes, real and fake news all started at the well.
Jacob found Haran’s territory through the shepherds at the well. Haran is part of Paddan Aram province, Mesopotamia Country, which is now called Iraq. Abraham’s family built that well more than 300 years ago when Terah, Abraham’s father on their way to Canaan, decided to settle and develop that place into pastureland. Abraham, with his nephew, Lot, started to own flocks in Haran before God called him the second time to proceed to Canaan.
Suddenly the most beautiful lady Jacob had ever seen was approaching with her sheep.
“That’s Laban’s youngest daughter, Rachel.” The shepherds said.
Jacob wanted to be alone with the beautiful lady. He suggested that the shepherd’s water their flocks and bring them back to the pasture area since the sun was still high. (Genesis 29:7) The shepherds answered, “It’s not our custom; we will wait until all the flocks arrive before we can water our sheep,” and besides, they wanted to see the next move of the stranger.
The water is for all the thirsty people and animals, and the ordinary strength of four individuals is not enough to move the stone cover.
Rachel was surprised to see a handsome stranger volunteering to roll the stone cover of the old well to water the sheep. Rachel admired the extraordinary strength of the stranger. Jacob’s heart was captured by a beautiful thank you smile. Their love story began in the presence of the sheep, goats, and excited shepherds.