by Macy Johnson
“For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven
is my brother and sister and mother.”
(Matthew 12:50 NIV)
I woke up one Saturday morning before Thanksgiving to a message on the Ancestry website: “Hi Macy, I haven’t visited Ancestry in a while and now see that you may be my half-sister!”
I had connected with Sylvia three years before and the conversation thread dissipated. She thought I was a cousin, but I knew better. God told me to wait. I wanted to know so much more about our father, but the timing was not right. Not until this particular Saturday morning.
Once Sylvia excitedly accepted me as her sister, the floodgates opened. We have been emailing, texting, and sharing pictures. Sylvia said she took the Ancestry test because it was a gift from a family member. She wanted to know what her heritage was, never imagining the doors it would open. Things my birth parents wanted to hide are now in full view!
“What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight;
what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.”
(Matthew 10:27 NIV)
It is a strange phenomenon, to suddenly have a grown sibling in your life along with all the people who are connected to them. I have known all my life that I was adopted and another family was possibly out there, but never dreamed I would connect with them in this life. I can only imagine what my half-sisters and half-brothers think about their sister’s sudden appearance, while I can never thank God enough for this new, enlarged family He has blessed me with. God gets all the credit for bringing friends, acquaintances, and even long-lost sisters together.
I will trust my heavenly Father to reveal hidden truths as He sees fit. I hope you will, too!