Each time she would grab a piece to place into the puzzle I would have a dialog with myself. "No honey not that piece" or "sweetie, turn it the other way." It took everything in me to keep my mouth shut. I was equally moved each time she fit a piece correctly. I wanted to shout that's my girl. I had to remind myself to not say anything or the moment would be ruined.
As she neared the end of her puzzle, all forty-eight pieces (yep, she is a genius). She realized there was one piece missing. I saw the frustration, the panic as she looked for the piece. Again, I wanted to jump in and help her but I waited. In total disappointment she came to me. Here is our conversation
"I did the puzzle."
"Oh baby, I see you did do it. It is amazing."
"But Momma, it is missing a piece."
"Yes, it is honey. I am sorry about that."
"Momma, do you know my puzzle was very hard to do?"
"Yes, I saw you working very hard on it. It looked tough."
"Why is there a piece missing?'
" Brielle I am not sure. Why do you think it is missing?"
"Because I am not allowed to see the whole picture."
"Why aren't you allowed to see the whole picture?"
"Because I need you to help me find the missing piece."
Oh I know this conversation is not profound. However, it struck me. Lately, I have felt like my life is like a puzzle but it is missing pieces. I have felt frustrated and panicky and even disappointed. I want all of the pieces to fit together to create a beautiful picture. I have worked hard to put the puzzle together. Really hard! I want the reward of seeing the completion.
God is so gracious to me as He shows me His love through a silly puzzle. You see as I have put together the puzzle of my life. He has lovingly watched. He allowed me to make mistakes and rejoiced with me when I got it right. Today however, He just needed to remind me that without Him I am just a puzzle with one piece missing. He is all I need to complete my puzzle!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him
and he will make your paths straight.
P.S. I helped Brielle look for her puzzle piece. We found it and it made a beautiful picture!