A few years back I got on ancestry.com and researched a great deal of family history. I found my deceased birth father, which led me to three sisters! On top of that, I discovered that my 5th great grandfather was Rev. David Hufman, a preacher from Pennsylvania who founded one of the oldest Methodist congregations in the country.
I’ve always been interested in family history and over the years I’ve spent a great deal of time copying all of our home videos to DVD, cassette recordings of the kids to CD and, of course, scanning countless pictures to my computer. My interest in family history led to my mom passing her mother’s memoirs my way. It was only 5 pages. I then made my mom write her life history; it was only 7 pages. Mine? Well, my memoirs are at a bit longer – 76 pages.
I guess that part of my interest in history is wanting to be a part of it. We know we won’t live forever, but we often grasp at trying to leave a part of ourselves behind. While this is a natural part of the human experience, it’s enlightening to read what God’s Word says in relation to this topic.
Isaiah 65:17a says, “See, I will create new heavens and a new earth.” The text then provides several vivid images (not literal) which contrast with life as we know it in this world. One of my favorites is found in part of verse 22 which says, “For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people.” As you know, the trees surrounding us often outlive us, and that’s the point!
We want to live on and be a part of history and with God such will be the reality. Do you want to live forever? Just give yourself over to Jesus and He will make it happen. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die” (John 11:25). “Lord, help me believe. Help me not fear death, but instead welcome the day where I see You face to face.”