Pick Up Sticks

“The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
    indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.” Psalm 16:6

Do you remember the game Pick Up Sticks?  Several colorful sticks were gathered together in your fist and dropped onto the table The sticks scattered and landed in a heap of tangled plastic. The point of the game was to remove a single stick without any other stick moving. At first, there would be several sticks that would be easy to remove without disturbing the rest. Eventually, it would get more difficult until it became impossible to move the sticks without disturbing another. The first person to cause another stick to move would lose.

Psalm 16:6 reminds me of that game. How nice it was when the sticks landed in a fashion that was easy to remove them. But the point of the game isn’t for the sticks to land pleasantly.  Life often seems more like the game than the psalm.  Nothing comes easy. The weight of challenges threaten the balance we’ve tried to create. There is little pleasant to praise God for.

But other days I can join the psalmist and rejoice in my inheritance.

  • A Thanksgiving meal filled with family
  • An afternoon spent with my daughters
  • a car ride with my son
  • A quiet evening with my husband
  • A beautiful sunset
  • A walk on the beach

You know the moments, the moments when you sit back for a moment and realize life is good.  The lines have indeed fallen in pleasant places and all that is left to be said is God is good.

beach sunset

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