I am attending a reunion tomorrow. Some thinks it tells a story. In many ways it does. The story of my ancestors contributes far more to my make-up than I realize however it may not tell the whole story. It would be fascinating, at least for me, to break down the different parts of my personality, soul, and physical attributes into components that analyze and traced back to their origins. I wonder how much of what I am can be linked to someone that we share in our history. What if two cousins 12 generations back influenced each other in ways that only those present could understand and independently passed on this legacy to us both?
My speculation is beyond fiction. There is little about those four, five, and more generations back beyond names, dates, and places. Even the information we have is lifeless given my knowledge of English history. When one adds to the mix complexities with more than one parent the possibilities begin to become endless! What about the influence of the other individuals in your and my histories? Does my height come from my grandfather’s line on my mother’s side or my grandmother’s on my father’s? Are the characteristics in my personality reflecting a history I know nothing about? What would I find if I read their Bibles and personal notes?
I know there were those in Jesus’ time who believed they knew exactly who and what Jesus was based on his parents and origins. The very thought “provoked Jesus, who was teaching in the Temple, to cry out, ‘Yes, you think you know me and where I'm from, but that's not where I'm from. I didn't set myself up in business. My true origin is in the One who sent me, and you don't know him at all.’” (John 7.27)
I wonder what would happen if the lineage you and I have from God dominated our pictures. Would people recognize the Divine living within? Would they know us differently? Would today change?
What if I recognized God’s longing to be in relationship?
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