I was reading on Leah & all the drama that went down with Jacob & her sister being the one who held his heart. A verse popped out at me that just made me plain sad....
Genesis 29:31 "When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved....."
Wow - that's harsh, isn't it? Here she is in a marriage with someone she probably had feelings for - fighting jealousy of her sister & man, the Bible even takes note of it - she was not loved. What did that mean? Did her own sister not love her? Did her husband pay her no mind at all? He did stick her at the end of the caravan when they had to move to & they were on their way to meet Esau, who wasn't very fond of his own brother - so an attack could have been possible - & she gets stuck in the back! Again - harsh!
But I guess if you finish that verse - it goes like this:
"When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved, he opened her womb...."
Because of the children she bore, they included Levi & Judah, who was an ancestor of David & his royal line & ultimately of Jesus!!!! How cool is that! She may have felt unloved, may have lived a life full of wanting & loneliness, but God saw her, & gave her a legacy!
How cool is that God loves us that much - that He be the one who comforts us & makes our lives important!
I'm anxious to meet Leah in Heaven & ask her how much love she feels now!