I hope you are all healthy, calm, and have plenty of toilet paper. What a surreal couple of weeks we’ve had.
Like many of you, my workplace is closed. I’m staying home, working on things I can do from a distance, and keeping myself busy around the house. My husband is moving our son home from college, so for a few days I’m social distancing with just the dog and the internet for company. Naturally, I decided to pull out a puzzle – the wide, rectangular puzzle that doesn’t fit on my card table.
You know about my puzzle habit; I’ve written about it before. I like the quiet, orderly, accomplishment of a jigsaw puzzle. You can work on them while doing other things, like watching television or talking. You can spend five minutes at the table, or lose hours.
Yesterday I was working on my difficult new puzzle, and the later it got, the harder it was to find the pieces that fit. I thought it was because I did the easier part first. There are a lot of tiny details in this puzzle. I eventually called it a night.
This morning I wandered up to the kitchen and sat down with my coffee. Immediately, I started to see pieces that filled the holes in my puzzle. Pieces were flying into place. I was baffled – I hadn’t even finished my coffee yet!
In that moment I felt like God was speaking to me. “Sometimes you need to step back and take a break to see things clearly.”
In light of current events, that resonated with me deeply!
We suddenly have time on our hands, and we’re inundated with information and misinformation about this virus. People’s lives and livelihoods are in danger. Supplies are hard to find. The future is uncertain. How do we sort through it all, find the truth, and act on it? How do we find peace in the chaos?
The answer is right there in my puzzle lesson – step back, take a break.
Rest on these words:
Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God”
Exodus 14:14 “The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still.”
1 Peter 5:17 “Cast all your cares on Him, for He cares for you.”
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.“
Stay healthy and sane, everyone!