Day 21 – Puzzling

If you haven’t read my blog from yesterday, you might want to go back and check it out. It will explain what I am writing about today. Today’s picture is from the puzzle I am working on with my family. So instead of meetings in Ethiopia, I am trying to put puzzle pieces of mountains together. Trying to create order in randomness and chaos.

Puzzling is relaxing. Or it is supposed to be. Yesterday I just needed an activity that would stop my mind from coming up with endless thoughts about what happened the days before. I am still tired from the travelling. However it is not so much the physical tiredness or my stuffed up nose that is bothering me. It’s the emotional questions of ‘what now?’

As the mountains slowly come together, Psalm 121 comes to mind. It’s a song written by a traveller. Someone on their way to Jerusalem, which is surrounded by mountains, facing difficulties, the poet realises that he can trust in God. True freedom and safety are found in Him. That is what I am trying to focus on. Since there are no real mountains in the Netherlands, the puzzle pieces with a picture will have to do.

Piece by piece, my mind slows down and I find a tiny bit more peace with the whole situation. I still have no idea what to do with the next six weeks, yet I comfort myself with the promise Psalm 121. The Lord watches over me, not just now or in the past week, but forevermore.

Psalm 121

A song of ascents.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.

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