Dead End? Expect God to Act
“I am expecting the Lord to rescue me again, so that once again I will see His goodness to me.” (Psalm 27:13 LB)
RAMBLINGS from Evan’s dad – Recently we all went up to see Connor at Liberty. We picked him up in the RV, and drove over to Williamsburg, to spend Labor Day weekend. On Saturday we went to the Jamestown Settlement. Kris wanted to take the kids there because her earliest American relative, Tobias Hurst, came to the country in 1617 to begin his new life there.
It was fascinating to learn the hardship the settlers faced as they tried to grow roots in this new land. When you look at the different trials, you understand the high percentage of people who did not make it. We told the kids that Tobias Hurst was obviously a man from strong stock because he came here alone at 17, and survived. We looked at the cramped conditions on the 80′ ship similar to the one he traveled on and thought about the 5 months at sea and what he must have witnessed. Only to land at Jamestown and face more hardship as they struggled winter after winter to scratch out an existence.
Eight generations later, Connor, Lacy and Evan carry some of that Hurst blood in their bodies. I can’t tell you that they have any physical resemblance to Tobias, but I can tell you that his dream to begin a new life, one filled with trials and hardships, definitely had a ripple effect. Almost 400 years later Kris brought 3 of his ancestors into the world. None of this possible, if he had not had the perseverance, the determination, to make it.
I know nothing of Tobias Hurst spiritual life. At that time most of those coming to the new world were doing so seeking religious freedom, so one can assume that was his reason. I do see the spiritual linage that he produced with Kris’ family being full of preachers from several generations back.
I wonder what ripple effects we will have spiritually. If God delays His return, another eight generations, will we have ancestors not only living lives in America, but actively living “spiritually”?
My dream God has given me is a simple one, to reproduce believers. The most important being the three God blessed Kris and I with.
Have these modern day relatives of Tobias Hurst faced hardships with health, and finances, and life? Sure! But those experiences have taught us to lean evermore on God. The kids as they have grown older, have had the opportunity to witness some of those trials firsthand. We have shared not only the struggles we have gone through, but more importantly the way God has delivered us, or provided for us each time.
The kids know that we have been dealt lemons many a time. Each time we tried to take those lemons and make lemonade. The good news is each time we were able to come up with a better tasting version!! We now consider ourselves Professional Lemonade Makers!…
Then He touched their eyes and said to them, “According to your faith will it be done to you.” (Matthew 9:29)