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Monday, June 26, 2017

Sunday School: The Waiting Game


I may not have mentioned this before, but I am a Sunday School teacher for the youth department in our church. I teach them about the basic Bible truths - what we believe and why we believe it. Our youth department is a group of teens and young adults aged fourteen to twenty-six years old if I'm not mistaken.

Since my (let's just say) students are youth, I try to be as perky as I can be while teaching. Yes, to the point that I become too corny already, lol! That is because I believe that you can mix fun and learning.


For the last few months that we've been together, we've laughed, learned, had goosebumps, and even cried together during our Sunday School lessons. There are also times that I get embarrassed, especially when I couldn't answer their questions. I am no Bible whiz, I told them that so not all questions will be answered. And that's fine, I mean, these youth are like brothers and sisters to me already. Before I became a Sunday School teacher to the youth department, I was on hiatus for a very long time.

Our Sunday School series has been about the seven dispensations of the Bible so I grouped them for reporting. Yesterday, the report was about the life of Jacob and how God blessed him.

Jacob loved Rachel. And he said, “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.” So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her. (Genesis 29:18, 20 ESV)
There are lots of love stories we can read in the Bible. One of them is Rachel's and Jacob's. It was love at first sight and during their time, a man has to serve the family to marry the woman he loves. So that was what Job did. He served Laban, Rachel's father, his uncle, (because for some reason, it was ok to marry your relative before) so he could marry his cousin. I know it sounds weird but back in the days, it was fine. :D 

Jacob served Laban seven years in order to marry Rachel. Yes, you guys, seven years! Wow, today's generation is so fortunate, some guys can have a girlfriend in seven minutes! Long story short, Jacob completed the seven years and he married Rachel. But, here's the twist: 

But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob. And in the morning, behold, it was Leah! And Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?” Laban said, “It is not so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn. Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years. (Genesis 29:24, 25-27 ESV)
Ok, lesson number 1, make sure you married the person you want to marry. The Bible is silent about how it happened but why, Jacob, why? lol! Lesson number 2, if there's an agreement, make sure there's a contract and make sure it's signed, read the terms and conditions first. I'm kidding, but that's how it should be now. And don't forget to get a lawyer! lol.

Long story short, Jacob served Laban another seven years and he gave him Rachel, the only woman he loved.

What lesson did I learn from this? Dane and I have been saying we missed each other so much and that this two-year contract is so hard the waiting was never easy. But when I look at the life of Jacob, he waited fourteen years total for the woman he loves. Wow, who would be patient to do that now? And he did not just wait like sit-down-wait, he served while waiting.

So this Sunday School lesson reminded me to keep on waiting for my love. Wait while serving Him. Wait patiently until the day we see each other again. Wait and remain faithful to my husband. With and know that by God's grace, I can wait for him faithfully.

Are you waiting for something or someone for a long time now? Keep the faith, keep waiting, good thing comes to those who wait.



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18 comments:

  1. It's great to know that you're a Sunday School teacher in your local church. I am also a Sunday School teacher but I teach children. Being with the Lord helps with the waiting.

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    1. I used to teach kids too. This is the first time for me to teach the youth.

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  2. I remember this story and indeed Jacob's intention to marry Rachel is admirable. Sadly, Laban was too greedy and not considering the former's feelings. Anyway, this is a good reminder of us being true to our spoken words.

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    1. You're right! That's another thing too!

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  3. I agree with you more than 100 percent that fun and learning could be mixed. I am also a teacher in our Church. I teach the Institute of Religion and I am handling the adults. I do give them some fun related to our scripture study and they do absorb it. They do enjoy. It is easy for the students or learners to assimilate things easily when they are in a happy mood.

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    1. I remember when I was in HS, one of my favorite teachers was also very jolly when teaching. I think it's good for teachers to have that kind of attitude. :D

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  4. I was surprised na pati pala teens meron Sunday School. When I was a teenager, nasa Sunday service na ko ng ganitong age. But we have Saturday Youth meeting, those were the days na active pa ko. Good for you that you still have time and passion to teach.

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    1. Ganun din sa'amin before, we just recently departmentalized our Sunday School. Pero sa church na kinalakihan ko, meron talaga. Not a teacher by profession pero I like to teach. hehe.

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  5. Wow, I did not know that story about Jacob. That's one really patient man. More men (and women!) these days should learn to be more patient. More and more young ones seem to want things to be given to them "right now".

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    1. That's true, more and more people want everything instant now. Even I, myself want things done asap sometimes as well.

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  6. Being a sunday school teacher was an admirable work, especially for the youth! With today's generation, it was really hard to teach strong character values with today's fast paced environment. Everyone seems to neglect being patient and wait for the right thing at the right time.

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    1. Completely agree with you! Even I am guilty of it sometimes.

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  7. It's a such a great opportunity to teach God's word to our youth today. You are very inspiring. I can totally relate to your LDR relationship with your husband. I admire couples who can survive LDR because I know first hand that it wasn't easy. May God continue to bless your relationship. Also, I love your reflection on the bible story. Some things or people in life are truly worth the wait.

    www.mayenscorner.com

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    1. Thank you! You're right, it's definitely not easy and we can only make it with His grace.

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  8. Teaching at Sunday School is a bit tricky especially in the youth and young adults department. This is because most of these kids (and no longer kids) are the most ma-question, ma-debate, and ma-confuse group of people. and I salute you for teaching them. :)

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    1. haha, that's true! I can't answer some of their questions. huhuhaha! We park the others and ask our pastors.

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  9. Hi teacher! heheheheh! I love the love story of Jacob and Rachel. I know how difficult to wait for 7 years but in the name of love Jacob did the great job and wait it faithfully. Like us our husband Dane & Lemuel sacrifice to work abroad because of their love for us. We need to pray for them and also ourselves as well.

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    1. Correct gaw! God bless our marriage! ♥

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