There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah.
Leah was the wife Jacob never wanted. The hated and despised one. The tender-eyed.
For Jacob loved Rachel. She was the woman of his dreams. She was the one he wanted, not Leah.
When Rachel dies Jacob builds a memorial at her grave. But there is no record of Leah’s death. No grand celebration service, No towering memorial.
Leah lived her whole life doing everything she could to earn Jacob’s love. Always living in the shadow of her younger sister.
But yet as Jacob nears the banks of the river with his life’s journey drawing to a close, it is then perhaps that Jacob looks back and realizes the true, pure love that was before him all along.
Perhaps after the casket is closed and Leah is dead, he then can truly understand how much she meant to him. He doesn’t request to be placed beside his beloved Rachel, but he simply says bury me with Leah.
Though this may be a sign of Jacob’s appreciation and realization of the importance of Leah in his life, after the casket is closed it is too late.
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
As the vapor of our lives swiftly passes with each fleeting moment we are faced with the sobering fact that each day we live may very well be our last. The unexpected appointment we have with the chilly hand of death may come at any moment, without notice.
It is with this thought in mind that we must needs come to realize that each day we must very well choose to show those whom are dear to us just how much their presence in our lives means to us.
Don’t be like Jacob and wait til the casket is closed and the funeral is past to realize how much they meant to you.
Show them now. Make time for them. Tell them you love them. Life is too brief not to.
Don’t allow regrets to be as flowers laid across the grave.
Hug them tightly. Forgive even when no apology is given. Laugh and Love. Cry. Feel.
Don’t take for granted the precious time God has given you. For one day the clock will strike 12 and eternity will take hold.
What will you have left unsaid, when the casket is closed?