Please read and be encouraged if 2016 was a rough one for you:

So I bought my kids the Lego Dimensions game where the characters you build in real life out of Legos show up in the game on your Xbox or PlayStation when you place them on the Lego platform. So of course every character and vehicle have to be put together piece by piece and I’m not the best for doing anything handy let alone some Lego toy pieces.

So I poured out all the pieces on the table with my daughter who was so anxious to have it all put together in like 10 seconds. Fair enough…I was just as intrigued but I wanted to make sure it was done correctly. So we start on page one with a single piece and I’m looking at the pile of pieces wondering how are all these random pieces going to fit together and what is it going to look like? The instructions are easy to follow but it is very tedious. Next thing you know my daughter starts asking, “Daddy, what are you doing?!” And I respond, “Just be patient…” We continue on further, “Daddy, what is it going to look like?” And I respond again, “You’ll see…” (with a smile on my face even though I secretly had no clue…lol). Then finally she lost her patience and said, “Here daddy, let me do it!!!” and proceeded to take the pieces her own way and connect them as she saw fit. So I stopped her and said, “Wait, you just have to trust me…” (pause and big sigh…yup the ah ha moment)

Sometimes life looks much like the Lego pile my daughter and I started out with and we wonder, ‘WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON??!?!?! MY LIFE IS A MESS!! EVERYTHING IS GOING WRONG!!!!” That is how I have felt this year and yes like my daughter wondered in the world God was doing, how are things going to turn out, and then wanted to take the pieces of my life from him and do it my way since it appeared like He was taking too long or didn’t know what He was doing. The moment I stated to get frustrated with my daughter was when it hit me like God was saying, “Hmmm…any of this look and sound familiar?” uhhhhpppp! #daddytears

Once I felt like she got the hang of what I was doing, I had my daughter build together with me in parallel all the symmetric constructions. Before you know it, we were done! Next thing you know, the little flying craft was on the platform and showed up in the game. My daughter took her character, put it in the craft, and began to fly around shooting everything in site! Oh the joy and excitement she had on her face! Then she turned and looked at me and said, “WE DID IT!!”

Ok, I get it now, God. Be patient and trust You and in due time, I’ll be able to say, “WE DID IT!!!”

Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles…