62 Now Isaac came from the way of Beer Lahai Roi, for he dwelt in the South.
63 And Isaac went out to meditate in the field in the evening; and he lifted his eyes and looked, and there, the camels were coming.
64 Then Rebekah lifted her eyes, and when she saw Isaac she dismounted from her camel;
65 for she had said to the servant, “Who is this man walking in the field to meet us?” The servant said, “It is my master.” So she took a veil and covered herself.
I really love the way places receive their names in the Bible. We have Bethel, the “house of God” in Genesis 28:19. There’s Peniel, the “face of God” where Jacob wrestled with the angel in Genesis 32:22-30. And before Hagar gave birth to Ishmael, she lamented her problems and was heard by the Lord (Ishmael = “God hears”) at a place she then named “Beer Lahai Roi” – “Well of the One who Lives and Sees Me.”
How appropriate then that Isaac is out in that area meditating on the Lord when Rebekah comes into view. And how beautiful a site it is to imagine Rebekah sighting Isaac walking through the field at sunset, and then she modestly puts on a veil. All of that near the place where the living God sees them both.
Could it have happened elsewhere? In another story, perhaps a different author would have them meet in some nondescript place, but God is not just any author. The Lord puts people in the right place at the right time to have their prayers answered in ways they could not have imagined. In the place where Hagar was met by God, there Isaac met the beautiful Rebekah at the end of her journey and made her his wife. And so Rebekah literally became the mother of Israel – “prince with God,” the name God gave to Jacob. There at Beer Lahai Roi – the place where God watches over them – the living God brought forth His prince, Jacob – who himself was the forefather of the Prince of Peace, Jesus of Nazareth. How appropriate it is that Jesus is known as the Well of Living Water and Son of the Living God.
God does watch and care for us, and He does answer our prayers in that place where we go forth to meet Him. Just as Hagar had brought her lamentations to God and been fulfilled, so Isaac brought his mourning and meditation to God, and because of Rebekah “Isaac was comforted in his mother’s death.” (Genesis 24:67b)
Where is your “Well of the One who Lives and Sees Me”? Where is that place you will go, physically or spiritually, to be seen and heard by God? I have been to such a place, and I have had prayers answered there. You should know that God does live, and He does know your prayers. You should also know that He is Jehovah Rapha – “The LORD who Heals” – and El-Shaddai – “God Almighty” – and also El Roi – “God Who Sees” – and Jehovah Jireh – “The LORD who provides.” He sees and heals and provides what is necessary, comforting us in sorrow and strengthening us in weakness, giving us our daily bread and forgiving our sins. Go to Him today at the “Well of the One who Lives and Sees Me” and drink the living water, so you need never thirst again.
Almighty God, our Healer, our Rock, our Redeemer, Father, and Righteous Judge: So many names we have for You, and not one can emcompass all Your glory. Thank You for meeting me in this place today. All I ask, all I pray is that You hear me and see me today. Answer my prayer for those lost and broken, my prayer for the forsaken and oppressed, my prayer for the doubters and for the believers. Please, meet them at the well, O Lord, and show them You are the Living God. Amen.