$20 Puzzle Challenge

PuzzleMy dad loves jigsaw puzzles – the bigger the better.

Not so long ago he did a 2000 piece puzzle of Alaska’s Mount McKinley – and at least 1000 of those pieces were of the same yellow flower in the foreground of the picture.

It’s obvious that my dad likes a challenge. So we were a little surprised when he announced at a family gathering earlier this spring that there was a puzzle that he did not finish.

Not only did he not finish it – he declared it that is was so hard he would give $20 to any grandchild who could.

That got Angel Girl’s  attention. Of course the puzzle came home with us.

She immediately started it saying that it would be easiest $20 she ever earned.

Well – it certainly wasn’t as easy as she originally thought – a white polar bear and cub on a snow bank proved to be a challenge!  It took her quite a bit longer than she planned, but she did it!

Then she took a picture and sent it off to Papa Jim.

And Papa Jim – though surprised-  paid up.

I think it’s safe to say that he won’t be given any similar challenges in the near future – at least not to our puzzle girl!

Puzzling Thoughts

Puzzle 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!