I have been learning how to let my days unfold, instead of cramming too much into too little time. Retired, along with my husband, we are finding out that the days don’t have to be so scheduled in order to get everything done. I am thankful for this more relaxed lifestyle. Housework and errands get done, and I have time to read, write, visit with my husband, and appreciate the moments in a day.
I enjoy working pretty puzzles and then framing them. I didn’t know that until a few years ago when I started working a puzzle during the Christmas season to use as part of our holiday decorations. I didn’t buy a puzzle this past Christmas and missed having one. I thought one with flowers or maybe a scripture verse would work for me.
This afternoon, my husband and I went shopping. Before walking into the store, I asked the Lord for “simple abundance” as I searched for a puzzle. He and I have often noticed how God blesses us with our wants, as well as our needs. When a parking space becomes available at exactly the right time or when someone says or does something kind, and we smile, feeling God’s special provision at that moment in time, we call it “simple abundance.” We know it’s our Heavenly Father’s love.
As we were searching the aisles, I saw a canvas with a beautiful painting called “Destiny” on it. I stopped and stared. My husband walked up behind me. I told him, “This is the picture I saw a couple of years ago in another office at the complex where I worked.” I was so moved by the artwork that I had asked if I could take a picture of it on my phone, never knowing I’d see it again. Yet, here it was; showing Jesus as a little boy, sitting on the floor working with carpentry tools beside a table where Joseph was standing and working with his carpentry tools. My husband told me to buy it, but I decided we’d go look at puzzles first.
We found the puzzles and started searching for “just the right one” – and then… I could barely contain the tears welling in my eyes. Right there, in front of us, look! The puzzle box showed it contained “Destiny.” Yes! The exact painting that I had been so blessed to see again had been made into a puzzle!
When we were in the car heading home, I said, “Do you ever feel His love so much you can’t put it into words?” Our Father cares about the things we care about and loves us enough to bless us – doubly – just because!
Now, I’m looking forward to many relaxing hours of putting the puzzle together. When I finish and frame it, I’ll enjoy many more hours looking at it and thanking God for His abundant blessings.