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Topic: PUZZLE (11/24/16)
- TITLE: All Shook Up
By Lois Farrow
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“I didn’t realize they were doing it,” she said. “I know you said they could play with the games in that cupboard, but I didn’t know how many jig saw puzzles were in there.”
I looked in dismay at the mess she was showing me. My friend and the five children she was looking after, two of them her daughters, had been house sitting while we were on holiday. We were grateful to have them, and also glad that we overlapped at both ends so we didn’t miss out on time with them either. But now I had a dilemma.
Most of our puzzles were adult ones with two-to-three thousand pieces and quite difficult pictures. In trying to find the ones they could manage these eleven and twelve year olds had pulled them all out of the cupboard. Inevitably some of the heavy boxes upended, and now several puzzles were all in a merry mess together!
To do them all was beyond these children. We packed them up as best we could, and put them away.
It was about a year later before we got on to them. Some of the larger ones were beyond me, but my husband has patience, and as most had come from his family, he was familiar with them. We found as many large boards as we could and set aside one room for the big sort out. My job at first was to try to identify which jig saw each piece came from. Some were easy, but it was more difficult for the ones with more obscure scenes.
Slowly in our spare time each picture started coming together. Piece by piece the scenes were emerging. It was a great day when the final piece was placed and we were done. We were glad of confirmation that no pieces were missing, each puzzle was whole and complete.
This incident reminds me of my life. Sometimes it seems like a big stuff up, with pieces all over the place and mixed up together. But patiently my heavenly father puts me back together again. He knows what he is doing, he has the finished picture in mind. And he has promised to continue the good work he has started in me until I am finished and complete.
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