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Genesis 29:31-35 (NIV)
31 When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved, he enabled her to conceive, but Rachel remained childless. 32 Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben, for she said, “It is because the Lord has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now.” 33 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “Because the Lord heard that I am not loved, he gave me this one too.” So she named him Simeon. 34 Again she conceived, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “Now, at last, my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” So he was named Levi. 35 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “This time I will praise the Lord.” So she named him Judah. Then she stopped having children.
Have you ever felt invisible or insignificant? Maybe you have been in the room with powerful or famous people and felt lost in the crowd? Or maybe in high school, you were the skinny, awkward kid sitting on the bleachers watching everyone else at the dance. Leah was unloved by her husband. In fact, her husband loved her sister more! And her father had given her away by deceiving her husband, Jacob. Yet, God sees her state of affairs and shows her mercy. In fact, because of the mercy of God, she becomes the direct ancestor of her Savior and Lord, Jesus. Our situation is never hidden from the merciful and loving eyes of our Heavenly Father. Like Leah, God sees us and in His mercy is using us to bring about a new creation.