Have you considered what it took to get you here? What makes you, well…you? My wife and I took an Ancestry DNA test, and I began tracking down relatives throughout history.
Would you believe there’s some deep theology involved in this?
In The Beginning
“Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”
Psalm 139:16 NIV
“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.”
Ephesians 1:4-6 NIV
According to the results, my family is from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, England, and Western Europe. Then they migrated to Virginia and North Carolina. Soon they were moving across Tennessee and Arkansas.
An Interesting Family Tree
In my research, I’ve traced ancestors to England and Germany (so far). I’ve found quite a few Quakers who helped build Philadelphia. One of them was a Governor.
Among the tree were a few pastors, and also a few slave owners. Not very happy about the latter.
There are Revolutionary War veterans, and also War of 1812 veterans. Some ancestors fought for the Union, others fought for the Confederacy.
Then some lived quiet, nondescript lives, leaving only their memory and a few records.
To get me here, God had to move them to here, surreptitiously sending the right people to the right place and time to meet, marry, and have kids so the process can continue.
Every one of us serving a purpose, leaving a legacy, and part of the future. It takes a lot of work to make a Mother Theresa and place her in the right place and time.
It took a lot of work to bring you into this world. Think about that.