Psalm 116: 1 I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my supplications. 2 Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live. 3 The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish. 4 Then I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I pray, save my life!” 5 Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful. 6 The Lord protects the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me. 7 Return, O my soul, to your rest, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.
This past weekend my wife Jana, our older daughter Victoria, and I were in North Carolina to attend a wedding of two friends of ours (unfortunately, our younger daughter Danielle could not join us). It was great to see them tie the knot after having been present when they first starting dating a few years ago. There were many others present whom we know and love – and miss – since we moved to Dallas two years ago.
Yet the person we were most excited to see is our son Nick who is now a junior at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. Hands down – the most difficult thing about moving back to Texas (our home state) from North Carolina was leaving our son to start college. True, lots of kids move away from home to attend university, but we wish he were within easy driving distance. He is not. It’s a good 18 hour drive from Dallas, which means we only see him a few times a year.
When you’re a parent, it’s hard not to worry about your kids. Nick is as level-headed a young man as you’ll meet (well, most of the time). And we certainly trust him to make good decisions and stay focused on his education, which he is. Yet, there’s something reassuring about seeing him – in person – to hold him close and let him know how much we miss him, and are rooting for him, and praying for him, back in Texas.
My wife Jana and I got back to Dallas yesterday afternoon. Over dinner last night we were reflecting on our trip. It was a good trip, for sure. And this morning I am captured by this verse:
Return, O my soul, to your rest, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.
Indeed he has.
Heavenly Father, thank you. For everything. Amen.