Pleasant Places

The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. Ps. 16:5-6

When I graduated from high school I had to submit a “life verse” for the ceremony. I chose Psalm 16:5-6. I was thinking back to those days, over 10 years ago (geez that makes me feel ancient), contemplating how uncomplicated life was. Ah, to be 18 again. Actually, no, I never want to be a teenager again. :) Anyhow, I’m digressing. The older I get the more complicated and at times difficult life seems to be. This past season has been particularly difficult as I’ve worked through relational conflict amounst dear and respected friends & leaders, health issues that don’t seem to have an answer, and ongoing opportunities of sanctification. :D It can be tempting to throw my hands up and ask God will it ever end?

Last night the Lord brought Psalm 16 to mind. No matter my chosen portion, no matter my lot, the lines have fallen for me in pleasant places. Why? Not because of my circumstances or a “happy” life. But, because of my inheritance. That inheritance was secured by Christ on the cross and will ultimately be given to me in Heaven. Heaven is my inheritance. How I feel, if I can see the future, if I grieve over differences…that does not affect my standing before God and the glorious inheritance that awaits for me. My greatest trial has been met through Jesus’ death on the cross. And my greatest joy awaits me in Heaven (seeing Jesus face to face). Ah! The lines have fallen for me in such glorious places! Surely I have an awesome inheritance!!!

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