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I remember falling in love with the cartoon strip, B.C.by Johnny Hart in high school. My best friend and I would trade B.C.books back and forth and read them tucked inside the covers of text books—I could get away with that because I could contain my laughter. We lost more than one book, however, because my friend could not keep his snickering quiet.

The Wizard of Id was another cartoon written by Hart (and Brant Parker) that we both enjoyed. I have copies of those books in my bathroom, and enjoy reading them when…well, you know.

This cartoon is poignant to me today. Life is sometimes like this cartoon, or as John Lennon, quipped, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

We think that the woman must be miserable, but if she’s truly been turned into a frog, then her “prince” is handsome and she will live happily ever after.

And so it is with us. We sometimes end up with a life that we didn’t plan on.

Our lives, though, unlike the cartoon, are held preciously in the hands of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Our lives are probably never going to turn out as we’ve planned. We’re imperfect creatures and we’re going to make mistakes, or things are going to happen to us that we did not plan on happening.

In a recently watched movie, one of the character tells the story of two men who jump out of an airplane without a parachute. One says to the other as they fall, “So far, so good.” We know, as do the jumpers, that the end will come suddenly, abruptly and finally.

While the death rate for us is still 100%, we can say, with confidence, “so far, so good.” You see, we know who has the lid to our life’s jigsaw puzzle and we can rest assured that He has every piece designed to fit exactly where it belongs.