Friday, April 23, 2010


I love jigsaw puzzles. There, I’ve said it. Some of you will think I’m a geek. Some will know right off the bat that I’m single with no kids because you know you could never keep little hands from stealing pieces at your house. Some will wonder if you can come over to do one with me (yes, you can!).

One puzzle I find challenging is discerning God’s will. It seems like it would be so much easier if He would just give us all the pieces at once. A year ago, I felt God leading me to quit my job and start my own business. Crazy in this economy? Absolutely. But God sometimes calls us to do crazy things in this life. Business has been okay. Of course, there have been ups and downs, and every time I have to take money from my savings account to pay bills, I ask God if this is really the track I’m supposed to be on. He always assures me it is.

This week I interviewed for a part-time job. The opportunity came up so I decided to at least go for the interview. As I spent the rest of the day thinking and praying about it, I wondered if this was God providing or if this was a test of sorts. God finally led me to the conclusion that if I believe He led me to quit my job — and I do — it wasn’t so I could cobble together several part-time jobs. I need to stay on the straight path of pursuing the goals He has laid out for me. I felt as if He had revealed the picture on the top of the box. I’m so grateful that in Psalm 16:11 He promises to “make known to me the path of life” … even if it is one piece at a time.

Patty Dextrom


  1. Patty,
    You are so right to trust God to put your life together piece by piece. We couldn't handle all the pieces at one time. But He can get us to where we should be through faith and trust in Him. You have great insight. Patricia

  2. When? When can I come over and do a puzzle with you??? I'm a big jigsaw puzzle fan, too.
    While we're sorting pieces and matching pictures, maybe we can talk about how to understand the way God is putting the pieces together in our lives.
    And I fully agree - although I sometimes wish I could see the whole picture, I'm glad God knows exactly what I need and that He reveals it in His perfect time.