Kara hung up the phone and went into the den where her parents were working
on a puzzle. "That was Cadence," Kara announced glumly. "She called to
tell me she has a job for the summer--babysitting the Preston kids two afternoons every week."
Mom looked puzzled. "You don't sound very happy about that," she said. "It seems to be a good opportunity for Cadence. The Preston children are well behaved, and she'll probably enjoy the extra money."
"But I'd heard that Mrs. Preston wanted somebody to babysit, and I was going to ask her about it this weekend. I should have told Cadence I wanted it." She paused, then her face brightened. "If I call her back and tell her how much I wanted the job, maybe she'll let me have it," said Kara. "After all, I've done plenty of things for her."
"That wouldn't be fair to Candence," said Mom. "Just be happy for your friend and pray about finding some other summer job."
"But why wouldn't God want me to have this job?" whined Kara. Then she glanced at her father curiously. He had picked up a puzzle piece and had gotten out his pocket knife. He seemed to be considering cutting the puzzle piece. "Dad, what are you doing?" Kara asked.
"I tried to fit this puzzle piece into this empty spot," explained Dad, pointing to the puzzle. "It won't go in, but if I cut off this little bump here, maybe I can make it fit."
"Dad!" protested Kara. "You know that won't work. Besides, you need that piece someplace else in the puzzle."
Mom laughed. "I think I know what your father is trying to say, Kara. That puzzle piece represents you."
"Right," said Dad. "Trying to jam this piece into a place where it doesn't fit is like you trying to get your own way about that job. Even if you succeeded, it wouldn't be a good fit because you would know you had done the wrong thing. And you'd miss whatever God has planned for you."
"Well, I . . ." Kara sighed. "You're right," she admitted. She grinned. "Now let's figure out where that piece really goes!"
HOW ABOUT YOU?
How patient are you when things don’t go the way you want? Do you remember that God is in control, and He knows what’s best for you? Trust Him. Don’t insist on your own way. Don’t get upset and pout when you don’t get it. Be patient and wait for God’s plan. He can use disappointing situations to bring you blessings.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Psalm 130:6 (KJV)
My soul waits for the Lord.
*Verse displayed is NKJV