Who Did It?
I love history. I write about it. The things that generations acted and did before us directly affect how we act and what we do today. I often comment that what we don’t learn from those who go before us, we are destined to repeat. I’m sure I have heard that before—like many times and from many sources.
Who I was without Jesus is, I fervently hope, a far different person than who I am. So, I wondered over the years, who prayed for me that I might meet the Savior and be transformed by His saving grace.
Have you ever wondered if you had an ancestor who prayed for you so that you might know Jesus and be transformed by His wondrous power and grace?
Distant Past Grandmother
In a time where everybody wants to know their ethnic history, I wonder how much thought is being given to spiritual history?
Way back in the late 19th century lived a lady named Betsy Whitaker. She lived to be 93 years old and was blind. Her community honored in her as a saint who prayed daily and fervently for her family, future family, the community around her. She may have been blind, but she was also well loved and respected for her care of those around her.
I wish I could have known her. She was my grandfather’s grandmother. She lived decades before me and went to heaven long before I ever took an earthly breath. At the time I came to know the Savior, no one in my family knew Him. I have often wondered if I, and those of us who know Jesus now, are here because of the prayers of that one small woman.
I plan to look for her when I get to heaven to thank her.
It’s Up To Us Now
Our ancestors have run their race. Only a memory of them remains on earth. Will we honor that legacy?
It’s our job now to pray for our descendants. Our future generations. Only God knows who might come behind us and need His undergirding, through our prayers now, to accomplish a great task.
Perhaps a distinguished Statesman or Stateswoman may be called to stand up to govern the country. Maybe a hero in the military will protect the people? Could there be a musician who may move hearts, or writers or poets. Maybe a teacher will stand out in influence of young people. Or missionaries. Or business people to support a future work of God. What about mothers and fathers who themselves are part of our future generations as they raise their children?
Possibly someone will move mountains because of the groundwork of prayer that we have laid.
And how will they know of God’s wondrous plans for them, or how they fit into His framework unless we pray for them?
It’s important to pray for descendants.
Have you considered it?