It's interesting that this was the topic chosen today since I had been doing a little geneaology research. It just so happens that a lady at church and I were talking about orchards. I mentioned that my great grandfather had an orchard in this part of the country. Turns out that her mom visited that very orchard many times and she had seen my relatives! She didn't know their first names but knew where they lived.
This fueled my curiosity because although I had heard my great grandmother mentioned many times along with my great uncles and aunts, no one had said much about my great grandfather. So, being a child of modern technology, I just typed in his name and the town he lived in and I found his obituary. I found out that he passed away before my father was ever born, which explained why Dad said little about him.
However, what was so exciting to me is that I found evidence that he was a Christian. Back in the day, an obituary could tell much more than just the statistical information that is so often written today. Read the following:
"In the year 1883 God's Holy Spirit opened
his heart that he attended unto the things spoken from the Lord. Saying the time fulfilled the kingdom of God's at hand repent ye and believe the gospel having given himself to the Lord now gives himself to the Lord's people casting his lot with them in the Missionary Baptist Church at ..." (location of church
Isn't that awesome? You won't find that published in a newspaper today!
After listing all the family, the obit ends with this gem:
"He, with his companion assumed the burdens of
life energetically and industriously undergoing the hardships so common with those who are homebuilders. Under constant strain of storms of life and toil and strife he tires on lifes weary road. Affliction seizes his battles for freedom for more than two years he at last succumbs to death on March 15, 1928 at the age of 70 yrs, 9 mths, 1 day. This ends the history of one of God's noble men, a loving companion, a good father and neighbor. He has gone and many relatives and friends will miss him. But the thorn strewn paths [nor?] again shall pierce his
glory guided feet as he humbly vies around God's throne and his dear name repeat."
To me, this relates with our topic of God working in our lives. My great grandfather was a man of faith, who I'm sure prayed for his offspring to be likewise. This post would be way too long if I listed all the twists and turns that our family has taken through out the years. Despite all that has happened, I was raised in church. The Word says that no one can come to the Father unless the Spirit draws him. It's no accident that the Lord had His hand on me. I've often wondered why the Lord chose to bless me when so many that I grew up with never had any Christian influence at all.
"Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God
is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands." Deuteronomy 7:9
This truly is an epic story. Epic means "extending beyond the usual or ordinary especially in size or scope." This story extends beyond a generation. God is working in my life, just as He first worked with my great grandfather and on down to me and my children. Who know what He has in store for my grandchildren!
To read how God is working in other people's lives, visit Lynn's blog here.