Genesis 29:21-22 Then Jacob said to Laban, "Give me my wife. My time is completed, and I want to lie with her." So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast.
Women fell under the authority of the men in their life. We've come a long way, Baby. Jacob stakes his claim and fully expects to be paid for his work. Rachel must have been on cloud nine. Not many times in history do you see the story of the woman actually wanting to be with the man who had chosen her. Jacob had asked for her - he'd worked long and hard for seven years and he still wanted her. They had gotten to know each other while he worked in the fields for her father and still he waited for the day when he could collect his "reward".
Laban sets up the scene for a big feast. Lots of people and a time of excitement. But things are not what they seem. Jacob was so caught up in what the evening was going to hold, that he didn't realize there was someone missing from the party.
Are we too caught up in our own agenda? Are we so busy in our lives, whether it's the work we're trying to do for our church or our Bible Study group or the choir, that we don't notice who's not there? Sometimes, we can get so focused on what the end result is supposed to be in our mind, that we forget there are other things happening along the way. Do we get upset that Susie Q didn't bring the apple crumble to the Bible Study when she said she would - or do we check up with Susie Q to make sure she is doing alright since it's out of character for her. . .
God is there throughout the journey - not just when the finale occurs.