Recently I began building my family tree on Ancestry. My husband has family rumors of being in the Vanderbilt line and some relation to Ben Franklin (which I haven’t found yet) so I began working on his tree at the same time.
It got too big for me so I split his off.
My sister had to update part of her tree because she had already applied for membership to Daughters of the American Revolution. So I began seriously digging in to my tree to see if I could help make the connection. (sorry babe, I’ll get back to yours someday!)
Then the DNA kits went on sale and I’ve been wanting to have this done for a few years. I just recently got my results back and am fascinated with how many people I am connected to all over the place! I’ve had 4 people contact me already wanting to find the connections in our trees.
Needless to say, I’ve spent hours (okay, collectively DAYS) on end and many late, late nights (not even realizing how late it had become) exhausting myself for work the next day, combing through on line records and such. There are 2 people I’ve found direct links with as we share great grandparents. I am really excited! My obsession with finding new family members has been, unfortunately some days, to the exclusion of everything else. (again, sorry Jim!)
In Luke 15:4 and Matthew 18:12 Jesus is recorded speaking a parable about sheep owners losing one sheep out of 100 and going to look for the one. (you guessed it, there’s a song for that!)
Cory Asbury – Reckless Love
Okay…let me get back on track (I really like this song & could listen to it over & over!)
Jesus is talking about those who own sheep and if one gets lost out of 100, what farmer wouldn’t go & search for that lost sheep? He says in Luke 15:7 “In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over 99 others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!”
Joy. In Heaven. Over ONE lost soul being found. Carried home, by our Father and a time of utter rejoicing that He found us! Little ole me. Or you! Party time!
Just like – and probably more so – me searching through my vast family tree late into the night to find this person or that person that I am biologically linked to, God will pursue in love, the one who doesn’t know Him yet or the one who has strayed and needs a gentle leading back to the fold.
But just like while building a family tree on Ancestry, the people you search for have to allow themselves to be found. Many haven’t built trees, so you can’t find connections. We have to realize our need to be found by the Father and receive all that He has for us as members of His family!