I currently have a 1,500 piece jigsaw puzzle covering the top of my coffee table and ottoman. I bought it the other day at Barnes and Noble when I went against my gut and bought a New York Times best seller, which failed to meet my expectations, forcing me to return the book, only to receive store credit. Since I was both leery of non-researched books and bored out of my mind, I turned to The Puzzle. What better purchase could one make to ward off boredom than a huge, colorful jigsaw puzzle? Exactly. Nothing.

I got home and determined that the finished puzzle would indeed fit on the face of my coffee table, so I unpacked it and set to work. It became very obvious very quickly that I had not accounted for the vast amount of puzzle pieces which compose a puzzle the size of my coffee table. It became imperative that I find additional methods for holding all 1,500 puzzle pieces. Therefore, I commandeered the top of the closest ottoman, and then I swiped this long wooden thing that Jon uses to hold his laptop. It was perfect for holding puzzle pieces….although Jon did not think so….

It has been almost a week, and I am still not finished. I will work on it for a few hours and then go do something else and come back with a fresh eye. That is my favorite part about doing puzzles. I could be searching for the longest time for that one piece, and as soon as I take a break, walk away and come back…I find it.

Sometimes I think this is the case with life. We search and we search for answers and reasoning to unreasonable things. We become frustrated with our surroundings and all the thought it takes to put the pieces of our lives together. Step away for a minute or two. Turn away from life and focus on other things, like the things of heaven, and suddenly life becomes a little less puzzling.

“Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.”

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