Angel Girl is our puzzle princess.
She can take a 1000 piece puzzle and whip it into shape in no time.
Her favorite way to relax is to work on a puzzle while listening to Adventures in Odyssey or Jonathon Parks.
So while we were thrifting with Aunt Julie last week – she grew bored quickly while looking at clothes and went in search of puzzles. She found 2 of her favorite kinds – The Hometown Collection – and bought them.
When she sat down on Monday to start the first one – she had an interesting surprise.
The puzzle pieces in the box did not match the picture on the cover.
Oops! The perils of thrift store shopping!
Now she has a puzzle to put together – but she has no idea what it should like.
I’ve noticed that it’s taken her a lot longer to work on this one – a lot more trial and error as she studies each piece for clues.
She doesn’t have the big picture.
How much easier it would be if she could just study the box lid!
It struck me that often in life I live like that – not seeing the bigger picture. I spend lots of extra time trying to fit the pieces of life together by trial and error.
It’s silly really – because I have the “box lid” available to study – the one made by the manufacturer.
It’s called the Bible.
In it, God has given me everything I need to make the daily decisions of life. He knows how all the details should fit into place – how the finished product should look.
But I’m much too busy trying to fit things together myself to take the time to see what the Master Designer has in mind for me.
I’m missing the big picture.
Spending some time in the word today – and everyday – will help all those little details in life to fit together so much better!
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Thanks for the reminder.
I was thinking as I was reading, that God knows what the big picture is, but too many times I HAVE to know. Maybe I should just live life “piece by piece” and wait for Him to show me the big picture. Good reminder.
I LOVE to do puzzles too! I was going to get one out today. Now I’ll be thinking how hard it would be without the lid. But better, I’ll be thinking how lucky I am to have the bible to guide me in my puzzle of a life!
Well said Melinda!
I need that reminder way too often – it’s so easy to get caught up in worrying and fretting that I lose track of who is in control.
Why is it that I always must try to fit the big picture the way I think it should be.
If I would only remember that He is in control.
Wonderful reminder to start 2011.
Throughout the duration of Kyle’s illness and still now when he his physical issues flare up, we stand on Proverbs 3:5-6…TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND LEAN NOT ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING. IN ALL YOUR WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM AND HE WILL DIRECT YOUR PATHS. There is NO WAY to understand God or see the whole picture…that’s where faith and trust are immanent. I finally reached a point before Kyle’s colectomy where I said to the Lord, “I give up…I don’t strive to understand any longer…I trust you completely.” Immediately peace, assurance and rest came!
I love the spiritual lesson you shared and oh, we have the puzzle you took the picture of that Angel Girl is putting together and the puzzle displayed on the box.
What a great analogy! Praise God He gives us His guide book to life – Bible!