Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful.
Leah was the plainer, older sister to the strikingly beautiful Rachel: the cousin Jacob instantly adored. Back then, birth order was marriage order, and the senior sister should marry first.
Perhaps Leah had received no offers when Jacob asked to wed lovely Rachel. So their concerned and conniving father tricked Jacob into marrying Leah. With nighttime vows and Leah's face covered, his new wife was not the girl of his dreams.
Imagine Leah's humiliation. As years passed, she bore Jacob many sons, but his eyes remained focused on Rachel, who envied her sister's fertility and worshipped her father's household idols.
Leah bore her sorrow with dignity by getting closer and closer to God. Over time, her strength and virtue increased, as did Jacob's love and respect for her.
Now consider the two sisters' outcomes: Rachel died in childbirth as they traveled, while Leah continued on with Jacob. Leah, not Rachel, was ordained to be the great, great, great... grandmother of Jesus.
Leah, not Rachel, was God's heroine. Because inner beauty always outshines a passing fancy of face or figure.
To Be Continued...
* Previous AMTC Devotion, Suffering Homeliness, Leah: http://amtcdevotions.org/suffering-part-24-homeliness-leah
* Previous AMTC Devotion, Beautiful Like Esther, Other Bible Beauties: http://amtcdevotions.org/beautiful-like-esther-part-3-other-bible-beauties
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.