Counting Backwards

But now, O LORD, thou art our father;

we are the clay, and thou our potter;

and we all are the work of thy hand.

Isaiah 64:8


What is the first thing a surgeon tells you to do when he gives you anesthesia?  Count backwards to 10.  What do they do when they are getting ready to launch a rocket into space?  Countdown.  What do you do when you are looking back over your life?  Reflect and count the accomplishments and failures.  I read in a devotional yesterday that if you are focused on looking back you spoil today, if you focus on what is happening today you spoil the hope of tomorrow.  The gist of the devotional was to keep your eyes forward and on the fact the God has a purpose for your life.  You can not fulfill His purpose if you are too focused on what is past.   It is much like driving a car.  You do not focus on what is in rear view mirror, you focus on the road ahead while keeping the other cars in your peripheral.  Stay alert and ready.  And of course be mindful of the rules of the road. 

I have been spending some time on lately.  It is amazing and very fascinating.  I have been able to track descendants up to 11 generations through my Grandfather on my mothers’ side.  All the way to Germany and Switzerland.  I have not spent time on each of the  individuals yet but just seeing my family tree grow is surreal to me.  It only took a couple of days because much of the information is already on the website.  All I needed to do was supply names and dates and it connects you with hints to discover new things about your family.  Right now it is just facts, names, dates and locations.  I have yet to find the stories.   I do have a few pictures.  I also have some of my own to upload when I am able to spend some time doing so. 

I have wanted to know for years where I come from.  I have gotten bits and pieces of information over the years but nothing this extensive and it makes me excited to discover something new about our family.  I have read the genealogy’s of the families in God’s Word and read their stories and how rich they are, good and bad.  You are able to see God’s hands weaving the story of humanity.  The stories of relationship with God, betrayal, forgiveness, love and redemption of mankind.  I want to see that story in my family too.   My own story is one to be told.  I want to tell it but am not sure how to begin or where.  So I am counting backwards in my family to see if there are any clues to what God has for me to say. 

I think some authors become narcissistic in telling their story.  I want my story to be unique and refreshing, told in a way that brings light to God’s purpose.  I want to connect some dots that contribute to who I am and what I have become as a child of God.  I want to show what God’s hand has done throughout my generations. 

I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I

make known thy  faithfulness to all generations.

Psalm 89:1

6 thoughts on “Counting Backwards

  1. I have a few in our family that have really dug into the family history thing. I admit that I’ve never really gotten into it. On my grandmother’s side I actually heard that we had a relative that was with George Washington crossing the Delaware and that certainly caught my attention. I’m not sure if I’ll ever get into it myself because I’ve always been a very forward looking person. Love the way you talk about things here my friend, it always makes me think.

    • Thanks, Joe. I have really had fun looking into the family…even started adding current stuff and it is getting just as big…lol especially since I got married.
      It would be neat to find out about your relative that crossed the Delaware with GW…he sounds like an adventurer, like you!!!
      Grace to you, brother

  2. Magnify the Lord who is truely a shelter for every gereration… Wonderful time to acknowledge the potter, proclaim his glory pointing and preparing the way for him who actually is the lifter, especially in this age of the sometimes wonderful internet with sites where it can be just “all about me”.
    Ancestry is so very interesting to me, like to learn about previous generations and their faith, they must have needed it so coming to the new world with all the hardships they faced. Have a good weekend Shell, I hope y’all get the rain needed there, we’ve sure had enough to share here if only I could(“-“)

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