There is a hymn which contains the words “may all who come behind us find us faithful”. These words have always penetrated my heart. I guess I relate them primarily to how I want my children to see my life. It is a prayer of mine that as they and their generation come behind us, may they be able to see where we have been faithful and may they imitate that faithfulness.
Today I had the opportunity to listen to a lady who is at a very difficult place in her life. I know how difficult it is because I was in that exact same place a year ago. Hearing her describe in nearly the exact same words, the despair and hopelessness that I felt a year ago caused me to remember the dear sister who came to me and listened and called and checked on me – sometimes just with a look. She had gone ahead of me in her experience, and could relate to the difficulty of my experience. It made a huge difference for me.
Well, that was my opportunity today. The lady I spoke with told me today that she found comfort in the fact that I had gone through that awful time. I think it gave her hope. She has the same decisions to make that I had to make and some of it will be hard. I have often gained the courage I needed to move on, by seeing others who have already gone that way and have found their victory. I hope that in some way, I helped her to find that extra courage and make one more step toward her victory.
So, that brings me to why the words of this song mean so much. I can sometimes look behind me and see those traveling where I have already been. Sometimes its a friend, sometimes a family member, usually my children. I pray that when they look ahead, they will find me faithful. I pray that as we all look ahead to whatever is in our path, that we will remember He who is always faithful .