My daughter had this picture on her blog to show me my grandbaby's reaction to the snow. Any time Rhianwen experiences something new, she gets very serious!! She was clinging on to her snowball since she had seen the way her mom's snowball had burst when thrown at her daddy!
In my readings in Genesis today, I came to Gen 29. I had forgotten /not thought about/ the fact that Christ in coming through the line of Judah came through Leah and not Rachel. Also the priestly line of the Levites came through Leah and not through Rachel. It again showed me that God's ways just are not our ways. Jacob had chosen Rachel to be his wife, but through the trickery of Laban, Leah became his first wife. Seven years later , Rachel became his second wife.
Leah was not as beautiful, nor as loved by Jacob.......yet this was the woman God chose to raise up the messianic line and the priestly line. Leah had seemed like an "accident" and "trick" in Jabob's life. But God's hand was in it---the Messiah would come through Leah.
This helps me--with my own kids. It helps me to remember that God works his ways and His ways are often surprising to me! The earlier passage in Gen 22 also showed God testing Abraham with his son Isaac---it showed to me that God sometimes does test us with or through our children......and that our hands are to be open to God---as if our hands were holding our children up to him, and then trusting His work , His ways, in their lives.