Everyone has had a first crush. Crush is the word we use to describe warm, bubbly feelings we develop for someone, even if they don’t know we exist. As a kid, it may have been that cute little girl who sat at the desk across the room, or the skinny boy at recess who was dreamy playing kickball. We may not have known their names, or ever heard them talk before, but the sight of them just made our hearts swoon. And come Valentine’s Day, someone was getting a secret Peanuts valentine. Those were the days.
But now, in a lively city like Los Angeles – now that we’re all grown up – aren’t we a little more practical about being overtaken by crushes? Not to mention Love at first sight. That can’t be sensical or logical or real… Can it?
There is an amazing story of love in the book of Genesis. One of the best love stories in the entire Bible. This is the story of Jacob and Rachel.
After receiving the instruction of his father, Jacob left his homeland and immediate family on a journey to go find his wife. He did not know who she would be, or what she would look like, and certainly not how he would feel when they met. Jacob was in for a big surprise.
Arriving in Padan Aram, Jacob stopped at a well and began talking to the men preparing to water their sheep. While they talked, up walks Rachel… And Jacob’s life was changed forever. Gazing upon the beautiful shepherdess, Jacob mustered all his masculine strength and rolled the huge stone off the mouth of the well and watered Rachel’s sheep. Next he did something pretty bold for a first meeting: “Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice and wept.” -Genesis 29:11. The young man was clearly smitten.
Upon meeting Rachel’s father and entering their home, Jacob didn’t waste any time while he was there. He told her dad that he would work for him for seven years to take the hand of his daughter in marriage. Jacob was already captured by deep love for Rachel and he did not want to let her go. Scripture tells us: “Now Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, ‘I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter… So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed only a few days to him because of the love he had for her.’” -Genesis 29:18,20.
With the divine inspiration and absolute perfection of God’s Holy Word, He has shown that yes, love at first sight is possible. This certainly is not to say that every instant, stirring feeling is love. That would be foolish. But when God providentially draws two people together by His sovereignty and for His purpose, that love may be recognized in a single moment.
“Many waters cannot quench love, nor can the floods drown it…” -Song of Solomon 8:7