Genesis 29:20-28 New International Version (NIV)
20 So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.
21 Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife. My time is completed, and I want to make love to her.”
22 So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast. 23 But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and Jacob made love to her. 24 And Laban gave his servant Zilpah to his daughter as her attendant.
25 When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn’t I? Why have you deceived me?”
26 Laban replied, “It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one. 27 Finish this daughter’s bridal week; then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work.”
28 And Jacob did so. He finished the week with Leah, and then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife.
You may wonder if it is worth working a long time for something you want is worth it. Jacob worked seven years to marry Rachel. Even after being tricked, he worked another seven years so he could marry Rachel. There are important goals and wants that are worth working for and waiting for. We see movies and television shows that give us the illusion that waiting and working are not worth it, and problems get solved perfectly. Do not be trapped into thinking the same is true in real life. Patience is the key to achieving goals. Waiting and working for goals and wants builds character and patience.