“Life is like a puzzle. There may be difficulties finding the right pieces but in the end your puzzle will be complete.” ~ Alma Sales
Sometimes life seems like a table covered with puzzle pieces that have been organized into small piles by shape and color. We pick up the pieces – pieces like falling in love, discovering our passion, experiencing an unexpected tragedy or learning how to let go of the past – and then try to fit the pieces fit together so the whole picture can be revealed.
If only we could see the completed puzzle as a child, we could move forward with greater confidence and less anxiety.
Or could we?
Change Is Coming
Autumn has come to the Midwest; and with it, the promise of change hangs in the air.
The leaves are beginning to look more like flowers and the cooler temperatures work as a secret weapon to rejuvenate my spirit as the fresh air pours into the opened windows.
Change is coming to my house, too.
Paths that were once planned with certainty are now taking unexpected turns. Puzzle pieces are falling around my family as we hurry to fit them together so we can see the whole picture sooner, rather than later.
But one life lesson that has been repeated to me many times is we can’t force the pieces together.
When we surrender our need to figure out what the picture looks like, we can spend our time, and energy, simply looking at each piece for what it is – a lesson; a gift that reminds us that we don’t need to know all of the answers at once, we just need to stay strong in the belief there is a purpose for each of us greater than we can ever imagine.
Sometimes the simple path to seeing how the pieces fit begins with surrendering our need to see the final picture and then leaning on faith to remind us that everything is going be alright as long as we’re intentional with putting the pieces together one at a time.
Every night I say a prayer for my family.
I pray we are given the patience to just let the pieces fall around us while knowing that we don’t need to see the completed picture right away because the lessons learned as we fit the puzzle together will be just as powerful as the picture it eventually reveals.
What is A Simple Path?
This post is in A Simple Path, a twice-weekly series of short pieces inspired by my own life experiences. Each post is a simple path to experiencing something wonderful: maybe seeing life from a different perspective, or celebrating its beauty. Click here to read all posts in the series.