“Everybody wants happiness, nobody wants pain, but you can't have a rainbow, without a little rain.” -unknown
Jacob served Laban for 7 years to earn Rachel’s hand in marriage, but after 7 years his father-in-law tricked him and gave him Leah instead. Outraged, Jacob agreed to serve another 7 years for the one he desired, Rachel. Amazingly, God chose that Jesus would come, not through Rachel, but through the lineage of Jacob and Leah, by their son Judah. Sometimes in life, we feel that we’ve been dealt a bad hand, but God takes these things and brings something beautiful out of them.
To give unto them beauty for ashes… (Isaiah 61:3, KJV).