I loved doing dot- to- dots as a child. As a young child we begin just trying to think through the proper sequence that the numbers come in before we can draw the line from one to another. Indeed, what should be a straight line from one number to the next can make a giant curve if you happen to lose sight of where you're headed, especially if there is quite a distance between the two. But when you're done, you see the picture and are delighted that the mystery is now clear! Then, it's time to color!
I was talking to a couple recently who described life as God's "dot to dot." They did not elaborate, but I immediately loved the analogy. He is the designer of the challenge, not the one making the connections from beginning to end. That would be us. As a result, it takes a while to connect the dots sometimes and see the big picture. Some days it's easier than others to connect the seemingly trivial or mundane details of our life to see something a little more spectacular or a pattern of any kind.
I had a day like that last week. (1.) An email from a dear, long-time, out-of-state friend. (2.) A change in her job status. The story was too long to write about. (3.) A 'we'll have to talk soon' comment. (4.) I called her that night. We talked over 3 hours. (5.) There was a lofty 'wish-you-could-come-visit now that you have more free time than usual' invitation from me, which led to talk of how we could turn that into a reality. (6.) The next day there was an email with her flight schedule. All of the dots connected so easily. 1-2-3-4-5-6. It was truly meant to be!
Don't get me wrong. I know that everything doesn't connect so easily. Circumstances don't always make sense or don't always seem so simple. The path from 25-26-27, onward to 51-52-53-54-55 and so on, reveal a more detailed picture because of turns we may not have taken otherwise. Some connections are sharper than others. There's comfort to me in knowing that a complete picture will be revealed. I just need to be faithful in putting one foot in front of the other and walking the course that is laid out before me. Sometimes it IS a long distance between the dots, and the line gets a little tentative. The older I get, the easier it is for me to look at the dots that have been connected in the past, and understand that even though I can't see 'what it's going to be' right now, doesn't mean it will always remain a mystery.
Today's a new day. None of us know what details it will hold or the curves it will take. I encourage you to stay faithful, connect one dot at a time, delight in the process, look forward to the finished picture and have fun!
Connecting the Dots With You,