“I’ve been lately thinking about my life’s time. All the things I’ve done and how it’s been…” Poems and Prayers and Promises (John Denver)
I remember as a small child going for hikes in the woods around the farm where we lived. I would get lost but was never afraid. I knew I’d find home.
I remember as a teenager being so angry, so lost, so afraid and so alone. I told God I didn’t believe and would rather serve satan than him.
I remember being trapped in my bed as demons tore at me, unable to scream, unable to move.
I remember the freedom and peace and joy I felt when I gave my heart, my life to Jesus.
I remember telling him over and over that he could do whatever he wanted with me.
I remember yelling at him, rejecting his commands. Medicating the pain he wanted to heal and never again saying he could do what he wanted with me.
I remember being rejected in love over and over. Coming to believe no one could.
I remember meeting her. Seeing her smile. Knowing I was done. Knowing she would never love me and I would never stop loving her.
I remember, despite my inner protests, she said ‘yes’. And then, ‘I do’.
I remember children and fighting and leaving and coming home and more children and fighting and leaving and coming home. And being so, so tired.
And I remember falling on my face and asking God to forgive me and help me with the mess I’d made.
And I remember healing and joy and love.
So much love.
And yes, though I got lost, God brought me home again.