-- to baffle or confuse mentally by presenting or being a difficult problem or matter.
I purchased two puzzles for my son. Both puzzles had 25 pieces. First I asked him to put together both puzzles. He was very excited and he did the first puzzle without a hitch. The second puzzle had more colors in it and he needed our assistance putting it together. The second day I asked him to complete both puzzles again. This time he only wanted to do the puzzle that he could complete without assistance. So to encourage him to complete the more difficult one, I showed him the picture on the front of the box and started placing puzzle pieces on the picture. However, my encouragement did not help him much. Then, his father sat down beside him and gave him explicit instructions. “Do the bottom edges first.” “Connect the sides to the corners.” “Keep turning the pieces until it fits.” “Sort the pieces by color”. His father beside him gave him the confidence he needed to complete the puzzle. The expression on his face when the puzzle was completed was price-less!
In the same manner, unemployment is like being given a very difficult puzzle. There are so many options, so many different ways to organize the pieces:
What skills do you possess?
How do those skills fit what you love to do?
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
How can you utilize your strengths to accomplish and achieve the position you desire?
Who is in your network that can help you?
How can you meet the people that will aid you?
What is the ideal work situation for you?
You must picture in your mind the ideal work situation you desire. Write out the job description. Use your thinking to control your circumstances. Just like my son with the toy the puzzle. Once you can begin to organize the pieces, you can create the picture you want. You must talk to God about the picture you desire. Spend time in the Word of God. Ask God for wisdom on how to accomplish your goals. Listen to what He says to you in your quiet times. Even if it is just 15 minutes, spend time listening to God. Watch how he will direct your steps and help you put the pieces together.
There is a passage in Judges 18:3-6 where a group of warriors meet a priest. They ask him to “talk to God” for them. They say, “Ask God if we will be successful in what we are trying to do.” The priest replies, “The LORD is pleased with what you are doing.” When you earnestly TALK to God (pray) and LISTEN to what He is saying, you will hear that he is “pleased with what you are doing!”