My favorite TV program is “Long Lost Family”. This program shares stories of individuals seeking to be reunited with biological relatives. It may be a birth parent trying to reconnect with a biological child he/she put up for adoption. Or, it may be an adopted child searching for answers from a biological parent.
My heart is touched with each episode. Love is always a key. Frequently, a birth mom has given up her child because she wanted him/her to have a better life than she could provide. Although many adopted children become a part of a loving family, they still desire to know why they were not kept by their biological parents. Something is missing. They need to hear that they have been loved by the mom and/or dad who conceived them.
The theme of this program leads me to think about our relationship with our Heavenly Father. Although most of us have earthly parents who love us, God has planted a deeper desire within us to know Him as our Heavenly Father.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
The Hebrew word for eternity is olam. It refers to an eternal longing that God has placed in the human heart. I believe we have an internal yearning for eternity. It is like an innate knowledge that feels there is more to life than what we currently experience. I do not think we will ever be content with just earthly things.
According to Genesis 1:27, we are created in God’s image. God is spirit. So, we desire things of the spirit that only our eternal Heavenly Father can satisfy. I like the descriptive words used by the blogger Soulspartan. He says, “Our hollow cave-hearts still have the echo of eternity, still have the echo that God is real.”
Today we live as human beings. We are part of human imperfect families. The spiritual hole in our hearts longs to be filled with the love of God – our Heavenly Father.
In John 14:18 Jesus promised, ““I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” We are not left without a spiritual family. He says in verse 20, “I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.” God is our Father just as he is Jesus’ Father. Jesus assures us in verse 23, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.” Jesus goes on to say in verse 26, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”
The TV hosts, Lisa Joyner and Chris Jacobs, often take a letter written by the person searching for a biological relative. If a family member is located, they will share the letter with that individual. This letter becomes an introduction to a biological family member not previously known. It is very touching to hear their written words read aloud. Often these are the first words a biological mother has ever heard by a child she gave up for adoption 20 or 30 years earlier.
Adopted children long to hear “I love you” from a biological parent. We also long to hear our Heavenly Father express His love to us.
Spiritually, God sends letters to His children through scripture. Listen to what a letter written to you by your Heavenly Father might sound like.
My Child, before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart. I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. Your frame was not hidden from Me when you were made in secret, when you were woven together in the depths of the earth. My eyes saw your unformed body; all your days were written in My book and ordained for you before one of them came to be. I chose you before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in My sight. In love I predestined you to be adopted as My son/daughter through Jesus Christ, in accordance with My pleasure and will. For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope. You will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. You will find Me and I will restore you. I have always loved you. (taken from Jeremiah 1:5, Jeremiah 31:3, Psalm 139:15-16, Ephesians 1:4-5, Jeremiah 29:11-14, Malachi 1:2)
The “Long Lost Family” program concludes with the uniting of biological family members. Adopted families remain intact for adopted children. However, now these adopted individuals also have new family connections with biological relatives.
Today, we share love within our earthly families. We are blessed by these relationships. However, there is more awaiting us. We will spend eternity in the presence of our Heavenly Father. Jesus promises in Revelation 3:21, “To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with Me on My throne, just as I overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” John records in Revelation 21:3-4, “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
In Revelation 21:5, Jesus promises, “I am making everything new!” I remember the beginning words of Ecclesiastes 3:11, “God makes all things beautiful in its time.” This TV program shows how biological and adopted family members are united to create beautiful new relationships. Spiritually, Revelation 21:7 gives us a beautiful promise, “He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be My son.”
Yes, God has set eternity in our hearts and His promises will be fulfilled when Christ returns. Revelation 22:20 concludes by saying, “’Yes, I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come Lord Jesus.”