1000 Piece Puzzle

I stopped by my mom’s house the other day. My son has been baking for her, and we had some treats to deliver. With all this extra time on his hands he has taken to baking. He had made popovers for his grandmother. If you have ever eaten popovers you know they are best right out of the oven, so as soon as they finished cooking we raced over there. On her kitchen table was a 1000 piece puzzle. She has been dutifully working on it and asked us to give her a little help. The picture was of a 1950’s dinner. The diner was filled with teenagers with high ponytails and poodle skirts. Some were dancing to the jukebox in the corner while others were enjoying malts at the red and white checkered tables. The colors were bright and vivid. The feeling was happy and fun. My daughter looked at the puzzle and said “that looks so fun, I wish that’s what we did.” I found it interesting she did not comment on the clothes or the food in the picture, but the feeling. She was right, it did look fun. What caught my attention the most was that everyone’s heads were up and they were looking at each other, eye to eye. I quickly realized that was because there were no phones, no personal distraction devices. They were engaging with one another. For a moment I wondered what life would be like if I did not have a phone pulling me in several directions at once. I wondered what it would be like if my kids didn’t have one. We would not have to compete for attention with whatever is on the screen. I’ll be the first to admit I could put my phone away more often, like really away. And just be present in the present. Maybe this week I will challenge myself to do just that. Maybe this week I’ll work hard to keep my eyes up, to see all the goodness and beauty right in front of me..

I’m so thankful our God does not get distracted or give us only part of his attention. I’m so thankful He sees me and knows me. I’m so glad God never tells me to “hold on” when I come to Him. Our God is an ever present God. Isaiah 65:24 says, “Before they call I will answer.” God is ready and waiting to talk to us, to be with us because He loves us, and He will never take his eyes off us.

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