The Great Puzzle

Yesterday afternoon I took Olivia on a little "daddy date."  We went out for a special snack and then spent some time at the local library.  We always enjoying picking out a half dozen books and sitting in the children's section reading together.  Our favorite book yesterday was "T is for Tarheel" a book about good old North Carolina!  After a good time of reading we decided to finish our time playing with some puzzles.  Olivia has always enjoyed puzzles and the library has a nice collection to challenge young minds.  We worked puzzles of every variety but one was especially challenging.  Olivia finally looked to me for a little help.  Her eyes lit up as I showed her where to place the first piece. 

As I helped my little daughter with the puzzles I realized how much our life is like a puzzle.  God, our loving heavenly Father, knows exactly what has and will take place in our lives.  He knows every detail and He works out the details for His glory and our good.  We just need to look to our Father for a little help to get started on this great puzzle of life. At this point in time our lives feel like a very challenging puzzle.  It is nearly time to return to Peru but there are so many details yet to be determined.  We have final medical appointments, new medications to try, airline tickets to purchase, and international documents to secure.  We know all the pieces are on the table but it is sometimes hard to see how they'll all come together!   Each day we're learning that we need to do our part to sort and analyze every piece of life's puzzle.  More importantly, we're leaning that we need to stop more often and just look to our Father for a little help along the way. 

1 Chronicles 16:11 reminds us, "Seek the Lord and His strength, seek His face continually."   Psalm 37:23 tells us, "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord:  and he delighteth in his way."  Finally, Proverbs 3:5-6 is a favorite reminder, "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

Yesterday I was once again reminded that I need to constantly look to my heavenly Father for help in this great puzzle of life!