Looking for Roots, Finding our Way…

I was given the gift of DNA testing through Ancestry.com this year. There’s a lot of missing information in my family tree. At times we’re all trying to figure out who we are, aren’t we?

Recently from that test someone contacted me based on the fact that the data showed we may be first cousins. Wait, what? I have a cousin I didn’t know existed? Turns out she was adopted and only just found out when her adoptive mom passed away. She is searching…

It’s a strange thing to suddenly realize who you thought you were, you aren’t. Only thing is – you are. Adopted or not – the ones who pour love into us are the ones that mold and shape us. We’ll call this cousin Karen. Karen wants to find her roots. Find someone with the same blood running in their veins. I bet Karen would say she is doing this not because her adoptive mom wasn’t enough, but because the mystery of her beginning has been hidden.

“My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body.” (Psalm 139:15 NIV)

God doesn’t make mistakes. He knit Karen together in one womb and laid her in the arms of another. The DNA she carries gives her the hair and eyes etc., the family who loved her gives her the rest. We are all adopted the moment we turn to Christ for salvation. Adopted into God’s family – as dearly loved as His very own Son. With all the rights and benefits and wonders of eternity that Christ has. His Holy Spirit runs through our soul like the DNA of our ancestors pulses through our veins.

“And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.” (Galatians 3:29 ESV) Abraham was who God promised would have descendants as numerous as the stars. For, even before Abraham, God had already made a way for all who would trust, like Abraham trusted, to have God as their Father so they would never have to wonder who they were.

Who are you, Karen? Who are you, reader? Who am I? We are children of the most high God, dearly loved, given all we need for now and forever. May we all trace our lineage to the cross and find His face reflected in us. “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:17 NIV)

2 Comments on “Looking for Roots, Finding our Way…

  1. Oh wow, how fun to have a new *first* cousin. Prayers for “Karen.” That would be an unsettling thing to learn as an adult, yet as you say–God knew who would have the blessing of carrying her and who would have the blessing of raising her. — I’m so thankful for God’s inclusive nature. How we can be His daughters because He chose us. Adopted us into His family. Raises us in grace and compassion daily. — Beautiful post, friend. ((hug))


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