I love puzzles! I especially love the 1,000 piece puzzles. I have three beautiful Thomas Kinkade puzzles matted, framed, and on display in my house. It’s the only way I can actually afford one of his paintings. With each framed puzzle, I can recall exactly what I was going through during that season of my life.
Each puzzle reminds me of the struggles I was experiencing and what I was doing to figure out the solutions. They are each like a personal testimony of my life. The last two months I’ve managed to work on two puzzles. I’m going thought a lot! Right now my life feels like a puzzle and God is holding all the pieces. They are hiding in his shirt pocket and He’s only revealing to me one piece at a time.
When putting a puzzle together, I turn over all the pieces and make sure I have all the edges and I connect them. Then I start filling in the middle. This is kind of like what God does with each of us. He sets up boundaries (the edges) and then piece by piece He reveals to us the perfect picture that He has for us. As I sit at the kitchen table finding pieces that will form a beautiful picture and thinking about life, I sense God directing me and reminding me that He has all the pieces.
He is telling me that He is the artist. I just need to “be still” and learn that with each piece He will reveal a new direction and a new awareness. Once again, I will hang on my wall reminders that He has all the pieces of my puzzling life. My hope is that when people look at my life after all the pieces are put together, the final picture will be of Jesus in all that I’ve done and all that He has done in me.
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
– Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
“Father, at times I feel like I’m one jumbled mess. I’m so overwhelmed with the stresses of just being a wife, a mother, a daughter, and a friend. I know You have all the puzzle pieces of my life and You know what every day and hour is suppose to look like. Help me to be patient with the pieces that You have not shown me and help me to visualize the entire finished product through Your eyes. Help me with the pieces of…”
Spiritual Chick with Wings