The other day I was wandering in a craft store and found myself in an isle of miscellaneous games and puzzles. And then I spotted a very pretty jigsaw puzzle and paused. " That would be so much fun to do with grandma!" I thought. " It would give me some quality time to spend with her. So even if we ran out of things to say we could still work to fit the pieces together."
So I convinced myself that it would be a good idea to buy the puzzle. And I did.
No sooner had I pulled the box out of the store bag when grandmother came to see what I bought. And her eyes lit up with excitement. She was thrilled at the thought of working on a jigsaw puzzle and I was thrilled that she was thrilled. So it was a good start.
She happily helped me make room for our puzzle on the living room coffee table and we soon started flipping bunches of pieces face up. She attempted to fish matching pieces out from the mass of laser-cut cardboard shapes. But I suggested that we seek out all the edge pieces first and then work our way inwards.
That was much easier and soon we were on our way. First the sky began to take shape and not long after that came the lighthouse.
It took us a little over a week to complete the puzzle. It was rather large. A thousand pieces. And I suspect that passing family members would plug in a few pieces here and there as the days went by. It was just too irresistible to ignore. We all wanted to see the final picture!
There were one or two days when my father would sit down and join us. That was great fun! We talked about all kinds of things. Like how life for a Christian can feel like a puzzle with missing pieces. None of us have all the pieces but God does. And when the time is right, no matter what events are happening in our lives or in the world, He will put the perfect pieces in their place at the perfect time.
And the end result will be beautiful.
We've all been there, haven't we? Maybe some of us are there right now. Feeling as though life doesn't make sense. Not knowing how life will work out. But if we have known God for any amount of time then it is possible to look back and see how He has helped us before.
The Word of God is our beacon in the storm. God is our refuge and strength. He draws us to Himself where we will be safe from harm. And He asks us to trust Him with our futures. Only He has the vantage point to see how everything fits together. Only He can put the right pieces together. Indeed, He makes the pieces!
I love God. I love my grandmother and father and all my family. And I love life... even when it can hurt or be frightening. But then those are the times God tells me to stop looking at the waves and look to Him.
But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink.
" Save me Lord!" He shouted.
Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. " You have so little faith," Jesus said, " Why did you doubt me?"
When they climbed into the boat, the wind stopped.
~ Matthew 14:30-32
Blessings to you!
Blessings to you!