A little over a year ago, I read this story to my (at the time) 5 year old daughter from the Jesus Storybook Bible, and I started crying. I was crying because as distracted as she seemed over the last couple nights of devotions, she was sucked into this story and sympathized with Leah.
Olivia heard that she was beautiful from a very young age and that word has always stuck out to her. She wants to be beautiful, act beautiful and look beautiful like many other young girls and women. Beautiful like Rachel in this story. But beautiful means nothing unless it’s in the heart. Something my daughter learned that night as she saw how Leah her “ugly” sister was treated in comparison to Rachel. However Leah was not ugly in God’s eyes. In fact, it says in God’s Word that because God heard she was hated by her husband and known as the “ugly” sister, he blessed her with children, children that would eventually lead to the bloodline of Jesus. And she praised Him.
What a picture of grace. What a picture of the Gospel. A God who loves the unlovely. Who gives great gifts to those who are hated. And what a beautiful lesson that my daughter learned that night as seeds were being planted in her heart and she whispered in my ear “God wants me to be more beautiful in my heart than on the outside, right daddy?” I whispered back, “Yes sweetie, yes he does.” I’m going to cut this devotion short so that you can watch the video of this captivating children’s devotional that I read that night. But as many parents already know, don’t be deceived thinking it’s just a “kids” Bible story. The author, Sally Lloyd Jones has a gift with words. Let God use this story like He’s used it in many other daughters and fathers’ lives.
By: Erik Koliser