Puzzle picture

"I felt changed, and a little crazy. But though I was still like a stained and slightly buckled jigsaw puzzle with some pieces missing, now there were at least a few border pieces in place."

I have been reading this novel called "Traveling Mercies" by Anne Lamott. It is the biography of a woman and her spiritual road. I normally don't read many books on faith and people's relationships with God, not because I don't care, but because they are normally so preachy and pushy. That kind of book isn't appealing to me. 

But this woman simply explains her walk with Christ. Where she used to be and where she is now, and she is just so darn hilarious. She has such a dry sense of humor that cracks me up and makes her so relatable I actually want to read her story.

She did have this one line (above) that I really took to heart. It was intermixed with her stories on alcohol and drug use growing up when she got serious.  She was talking about her lot in life and where she felt she was. Stained. A little bit broken. Confused. But with a few crucial ideals to keep her going. 

I think as humans and often times as college students (like myself) we are still trying to figure things out. We aren’t totally sure of who we are and where we are going. But throughout all of the unknowns and broken and lost pieces, we have a few solid border pieces that help guide our moves and decisions.  

These help us set the basic parameters by which we live our lives. And it is comforting to know that those border pieces, even when we feel we are totally lost. There will always be stability inside of us if we look hard enough. As people we each have hopes, dreams and morals that help guide our decisions. And while those hopes, dreams and morals may change, we never lose them. We always have a guiding force.

So on rainy days, remember that. We are never alone. Those border pieces have always been there and will always be. The middle picture may seem a bit fuzzy at times, but it is never lost. 


  1. That sounds like a good book. I will see if they have it at the library and give it a read! :) x

  2. Yeah! It is quite interesting the way she speaks about things. If you have the chance I would give it a read. It shows an intersting way to look at faith :)