I first heard about the word meet-cute from my book club friends, during one of our online book discussion a few years ago. According to Urban Dictionary, meet-cute is….
Scenario in which two individuals are brought together in some unlikely, zany, destined-to-fall-in-love-and-be-together-forever sort of way (the more unusual, the better).
The way the characters meet in “Serendipity” or “When Harry Met Sally” or at least half the romantic comedies out there.
My meditation on Genesis 24 during my quiet time this morning reminded me of this meet-cute scenario. Genesis 24 tells the story of how Abraham found a wife for his son, Isaac. To summarize the story, Abraham is now old and wants to make sure that his beloved son will not get a Canaanite woman for a wife. So he sent his oldest servant to his hometown to get a wife from his relatives. Abraham asked his servant to make an oath to make sure he will only do what his master instructed him to do. So the servant left for his master’s hometown to find Abraham’s relative, Nahor. After his long journey, he arrived at a well located outside the town of Abraham and asked God to bless his mission and lead him to the right woman whom Isaac can marry. He also asked for signs that will tell him he had found the right woman.
While he was praying, Rebekah came, and the servant realized that she meets the signs he was asking from God. It turned out that Rebekah is the daughter of Nahor’s son so the servant thanked God that He led him on his journey to the house of his master’s relatives.The servant told Abraham’s relatives about his intention of finding a wife for his master’s son, Isaac and how God has led him to Rebekah. Rebekah agreed to go with the servant and become Isaac’s wife.
Perhaps you now think this is a typical arranged marriage story so you find nothing romantic in it. But now this is the exciting part and let me quote the passage:
62 Now Isaac had come from Beer Lahai Roi, for he was living in the Negev. 63 He went out to the field one evening to meditate,[f] and as he looked up, he saw camels approaching. 64 Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel 65 and asked the servant, “Who is that man in the field coming to meet us?”
“He is my master,” the servant answered. So she took her veil and covered herself.
66 Then the servant told Isaac all he had done. 67 Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah. So she became his wife, and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death. (Genesis 24:62-66)
When I saw this passage, I can’t help but notice the reactions of Rebekah and Isaac when they first saw each other. There was an attraction between them, I’m sure, that I even thought their story was love at first sight despite that God has arranged the circumstances prior to their meeting. And even if I’m wrong, I’m sure their marriage was a happy one since the passage mentioned that Abraham did loved Rebekah.
The love story of Rebekah and Isaac is not a new story actually, because their marriage is always the reference text whenever we talk about love, courtship and marriage in our church. Because of their example, I am very much convinced that God can also arrange a perfect marriage for me.
That is why I’m not really into dating.
One funny thing about me though is that I’ve been thinking a lot about marriage, lately. No, it’s not because of wanting to get married but more of fear that what if marriage will happen to me sooner than I expected? I know deep in my heart I’m not yet ready and I really don’t know how to prepare for it. I also thought just like Isaac, when the man that God has prepared for me looked for his wife, will he also find me as a woman of godly character like Rebekah?
Right now, I don’t think He will. And marriage is still one area in my life I need to submit and lay down before God.