Every year at Christmas our kids get us a jigsaw puzzle.
A great Friday night date for my husband and I is to build a fire, turn on the music and puzzle away….a simple, quiet joy for us. (You 30 somethings are wondering which planet we’re on, I’m sure…).
The joke around here is if the puzzle goes on the card table on the day after Christmas, we can usually finish it by the first or so of June, when the ‘kids’ show up again for Father’s Day.
Anyway, every year but this one…..but I found an unopened treasure from last year–Eureka! Now all I need is a nice warm fire in the fireplace and a cup of cocoa.
Jigsaw puzzles got me thinking about tying up the ‘loose ends’ of this year and looking at the new one on the horizon. How can I focus on what God wants?–there are just TOO MANY PIECES….and I’m not sure what the frame even looks like.
I began to think of you, dear friends, some of who’ve typed me personal notes, those I’ve exchanged emails with sharing prayer requests, joys and some not so joyful times. I thought of the challenges we face, the aspirations, the daily ness of our walk with Jesus.
As I was praying today, these words came to mind:
lay it all out on the table
that YOU can take it and make it into
something beautiful in your time.
“(this) one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,
I press on toward the goal to win the prize
for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”