For modern people, Jacob is one of the most easily relatable characters in the Bible. This passage shows us one of the ways he is most relatable for us. Jacob is someone who was marked by a deep inner emptiness. In this passage, he's seeking to find healing for that emptiness through finding the love of his life. That is one of the most powerful impulses for all of us. And this passage has a lot to show us, both about the impulse itself, and the way we can truly find its fulfillment.