Because Rachel was childless and Leah was having many sons, Rachel prayed to God and was given two sons: Joseph and Benjamin. What can our prayers accomplish? Rachel was desperate when she prayed to God after having said to her husband: "Give me children, or else I die!"
About 2 years ago, I was writing a lesson about Jacob and his wives--Leah and Rachel. The story goes that after Rachel had Joseph, Jacob decided to return to his homeland. Rachel was expecting their second child, and on the way back went into labor. Just after having Benjamin, Rachel died, and "She was buried there with a stone marker that still stands today." For some reason, the idea that her marker was still there was compelling, and I searched for "Rachel's Tomb" online with a picture in my mind of a deserted area far out in the country and a small stone on her grave.
The images that I saw online were stunning, and so different from what was in my own mind that I laughed out loud. It was a WOW factor that I haven't forgotten, and I asked you to look it up to see if you would have the same reaction. Rachel died over 3,000 years ago and she has been honored ever since! The original 13 stones, each representing Jacob and the 12 tribes of Israel were there for hundreds of years.
And throughout the centuries people have gone there to visit the grave and pray. The original stones have been added to and extended so that on the present site, there is a compound surrounding the original tomb and a school that is enclosed with walls. The tomb is on a rather busy street in the city of Bethlehem. All in all, an amazing development in so many ways. But to me, it demonstrates in a dramatic way the power of faith--not in ourselves, not in another person, or another creature of some kind, but in God!
You and I can have what is called "the butterfly effect," if you remember that each thought and each act moves through the universe endlessly. You can learn to reflect on our days and determine if you are becoming a better person or adding to the misery of the human race. You can decide this very moment to be a better person by being kinder, by behaving better, by having a loving attitude, and by creating a more meaningful relationship with God every day.