We love puzzles. It is a great activity for kids with attention deficit issues if you can get them interested and engaged in the process. It keeps busy hands busy doing something constructive. I have also found as a mother of boys that they don’t do as well at dinner conversation but if I can get them doing an activity the words seem to flow more freely.
So long ago we added puzzles to our mix of things to do that focus attention while I interact with my busy boys.
Sometimes life feels a bit like the beginning of a new puzzle. The pieces are all in a pile and it is hard to make sense of anything. As old puzzle pros, we have learned to spread all the pieces so we can see them and begin to make some sense of what we are looking at. We have also learned to work on the puzzle outline so it begins to take some shape and not feel so overwhelming.
At times life with bipolar disorder is like a puzzle. It can look like a big pile of pieces that just doesn’t make sense and certainly doesn’t look like could ever make a beautiful picture. In those moments, I have to remember to take a deep breath and spread out the pieces so I can see them clearly. I have to remember to look for that outline that provides the structure we need to see the picture clearly. Often that “outline” is some principle from God’s Word and I need to have wisdom to know how it to apply it to the situation.
It is also important to remember that a puzzle usually comes with a box and a picture. Sometimes life isn’t quite as clear as that because we can’t see the picture. The good news is that God sees the picture and we can trust Him to show us how to make sense of the pile of pieces that is sometimes our lives.
Finally, sometimes even after lots of work on a puzzle it still doesn’t turn out perfectly. It is so important to appreciate the beauty and the treasure of putting it together and not just look at that missing piece over there to the right…. I do have to say that I thanked God it was on an edge instead of in the middle!