On my dresser is a photograph of myself, my parents and my younger sister-my birth family. Scarcely a day passes when I do not look at this photograph and am thankful to my sister for suggesting that we take this formal portrait. Within four years, both my mother and father passed away. I have many photos with many combinations of different family members but this is the only photograph of our entire family, together as adults.
I encourage all of my friends to take many photographs of their complete family, adding a formal family portrait if they are able. Even if the entire family lives in close proximity, it is an activity that we all sometimes take for granted and forget to do, until it is too late.
Obviously, there were no photographs during the time the Bible was written and although thousands of paintings, drawings, and works of art have depicted various people and scenes in the Bible, no one truly knows what each person looked like or how the events actually transpired. Yet the memories of the events are vividly preserved through the beautiful stories of the Bible. The details are accurate and sufficient for us to understand because God intervened.
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 have said to you.
John 14:26 (ESV)
I have the blessing of a photograph of my birth family to remember all of them. God gives us His Bible and His Holy Spirit to all believers who confess and repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Through this supernatural intervention, He brings to life all of the details and great Saints of the Bible, weaving through it the beautiful story of redemption through faith in Jesus Christ. Someday in Heaven, I will meet these great Saints of the Bible. Until then, God’s Holy Spirit will enable to meet them through the illumination and revelation of the Holy Spirit.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.