It reminds us that what is done for God is not just done for the moment, but for the ages. Just as we can look back and see the faces and know the names of those faithful folks from our more immediate past, so dare we look ahead with the assurance that our present faith will leave its imprint and influence on those to come. It may be that our life is such that we can catch a glimpse of what that means as we look at how our children are responding to God's call on their lives, or how some friends are moving in a direction far different from the direction they were moving before our paths intersected.
Our name may not be written on the pages of history as are the Biblical writers or some of the saints who have walked behind them, but ahead of us, yet, God is using each one of us to write a story that does not begin with us, nor will it end with us. Long after we are gone, the seeds being planted in the present moment will bear fruit not because of who we are, but because the Holy Spirit is working to transform the seed into fruit for the Kingdom of God. What we cannot know, He does know and forever and always He works to carry what has been started forward.