“I’ve been finding puzzle pieces of us, kept in the dust…” –Lucy Schwartz
Growing up can be a little unnerving. Most days feel like a chaotic mix between trying to concentrate on and cherish my last few months of college and trying to be realistic and make decisions about the future.
Amidst all of this, in a cleaning frenzy, I uncovered a puzzle that we have had sitting in our apartment for years now. Not having the time or energy to work on it, we continued to push it to the back of our shelf of games and such. Having pulled it out and dusted it off, I decided that the time had come and, like it or not, we were going to finish this stupid zoo puzzle with three different brick walls, and assortment of annoying bushes and greenery, well…pretty much the most awful puzzle ever.
It took us about a week, and people coming in and out of the apartment would put in a couple of pieces while they were there, and on the day I finally finished putting 999 pieces together, I realized that we were one short.
Just my luck.
And still, I appreciated this puzzle experience so much, because as I’m trying to piece together my life after college, it is helpful for me to remember that I’m never going to have all the answers when and where I want them. I’m not always going to know what I’m going to be doing or even where I’m going to live. In the case of our puzzle, I might not always have the front wheel on the big purple bus. And that’s okay.
This is where faith comes in. Aren’t I glad I have something else, or better yet someone else, to know when everything else coming at me seems so unknown. And it is still scary and uncertain, but as I am trying to teach my kids at River Hills this month, this is why we need to be courageous. We need to do what we’ve got to do even when we are afraid. I have no doubt the results will be a rewarding, growing experience.
“So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please Him.”