• joni

Unpuzzled


My sister loves puzzles.

She likes the mess of them~

all of the pieces scattered across the table.

One by one

she puts the mess together

as she finds the

perfect fit for each piece.

Now for me~

I dislike puzzles.

Too much of a big mess

that becomes so overwhelming

that it isn't fun and relaxing,

as it is for my sister.

Therefore, as a child, I would "steal" 2 of the puzzle pieces,

waiting til the very end,

so I could place them in the missing spots

knowing exactly where they would go.

What fun is that, as I missed the joy of the process of puzzle making?

Does our liking or disliking the process of putting together a puzzle

change the fact that it is still a puzzle?

Now what if there wasn't the box cover to show you what

the finished product would be?

Hmm...

Puzzle~

Question Mark

Problem

Dilemma

Secret

The Unknown~

as you see are all the little pieces

in a messy pile

and don't know where to begin.

We don't.

As GOD pieces together each piece

one by one

to fit in the way that

HE has created them to fit.

Better than we could ever imagine.

And all HE asks is for us to~

TRUST HIM

in the process even if we don't like the process

HOPE IN

HIS ability that HE is actually doing something

that will be so much better than we could ever do.

BELIEVE

that

HE is creating a work of art

out of the mess

that will make sense to us

when we see the finished product.

Oh how I wish

HE would discard some of the pieces~

yet without them

the puzzle wouldn't be complete.

"For now [in this time of imperfection]

we see in a mirror dimly [a blurred reflection, a riddle, an enigma],

but then [when the time of perfection comes we will see reality]

face to face.

Now I know in part [just in fragments],

but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known [by God]"

(I Corinthians 13:12)

What pieces are you holding back that need to be surrendered to GOD?

Hmm..

Maybe I will start to like puzzles just because they are puzzles

and see the mess as a process that I am not to figure out.

"And we know that in all things GOD works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to HIS purpose" (Romans 8:28)


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