This past week has been – well for loss of a better word -- yucky. It's much nicer having my son near me - but it's hard not being the one that controls things. Right now I am not in control of when and where he goes to school, the doctor, church or anything else - not easy for a mom. Saturday will be the first time since he has come to Florida that he will be allowed on a pass -- I can't wait!
If I have learned anything through this whole process is that none of us really have control - oh we try hard to grab for control, sometimes fool ourselves into thinking that we have it, but when it’s all said and done - outside factors can take control of any given situation at any given moment - control over our lives is just an illusion. Thankfully, I do know the One who is truly in control.
I was reminded of that this week by my 7 year old. It seems they were discussing in church that sometimes things are hard - but God knows the end result. I was told she shared with her class that God is an artist who paints the picture of our lives. Any good picture has both shadow and light -- it makes the picture pretty. We get our picture like a puzzle - God only hands us on piece at a time - some of the pieces are shadow pieces - but they help make the picture pretty -- you just have to remember - it's only "one piece" of the puzzle - God has the rest of the pieces.
Wow -- I am amazed - I told my children that analogy over a 2 years ago -- and she obviously took it to heart. I told them this because I wanted to help them through a difficult time when God just didn't make sense.
When I lived in Japan my husband was diagnosed with malignant brain cancer - it was an incredibly hard time in my life. A very dear friend of mine gave me a puzzle piece and said "Amy this part of your life is like this puzzle piece - by itself it doesn't make much sense - but God has the rest of the pieces - trust Him." I can't tell you how many nights I held onto that puzzle piece - it's imprint sometimes on my hand. My friend gave me a good piece of wisdom and something tangible to give me hope - it worked so well that I have since shared it with others and now my children - the "puzzle piece" continues to make since out of a hard situations and brings peace.
So this is what I want to tell you today -- whatever it is that you are going through - remember "it's only one piece of the puzzle - by itself it doesn't make much since, but God has the rest of the pieces - trust Him."
Dancing piece by piece,