Back Where You Started

I’m starting to feel like soon, I’ll be back to where I started with just my husband and me, no kids. Back to the days before it all.

I turn to Psalm 16, a psalm that in many ways started it all for me with the Lord. It was one of the first psalms I ever memorized, and I’d recite it as my snow boots crunched the icy sidewalk as I walked to class as a graduate student at the University of Michigan. Reading it now, 25 years (and a husband and two children and three cats) later, I find it remarkable. I go back to where I started. Back then, I was hoping in these things. But now? I see the fulfillment.

God was faithful. God kept His promises. I underline this again:

You will make known to me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.

Psalm 16:11

God taught me where to find abundant life, the life that is truly life.

God taught me how to find joy.

God showed me pleasures beyond anything I could imagine.

I’m back to where I started with Jesus.

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