Several years ago my husband gave me a “Journey Necklace.” It was intended to commemorate and recognize the many paths of our lives together. There have been several twists and turns. Some paths have brought us down into the valleys where we found our way watered with tears. Other paths have lead us up mountains where we experienced a fresh, new view of our God. More often than not we found as we ventured onto a new path it included both valleys and mountains. How blessed we have been to walk our journey hand-in-hand trusting the Lord when we couldn’t see what was ahead of us or around the next curve.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
We have traveled many places along our journey. Without a doubt the greatest joys of our lives together have been our growing love for one another and the wonderful gift of children and grandchildren. We echo the blessings that the Psalmist shared in Psalm 16.
“The lines are fallen unto us in pleasant places; yea, we have a goodly heritage.” (Psalm 16:6)
As we walk this journey together, we have no greater joy than to hear that our children walk in truth (3 John 4). Truly this journey together has been blessed by both valleys and mountains. Each step of the way we have seen the Lord lead and grow us. Our hearts are filled with gratitude.