Today I completed a rather challenging 1000 piece puzzle. It was especially fun for me to piece together this particular puzzle, because it pictures what I imagine as the epitome of a welcoming, vibrant autumn day. And, I must add, autumn is my favorite season.
I can only speak from my own life experience, however, maybe you can relate.
When my puzzle arrived, the top of the box revealed the beautiful image of the finished product, and nestled inside, was a bag that contained all the pieces thrown together.
Isn’t that like life?
We were created by a loving God, who knew us before we were formed in the womb. He knows the finished product of who we were created to be. He knows the beauty of what we truly are.
The first thing I did to start my puzzle, was to dump out the pieces, turn them all over, and then separate the frame pieces from the rest. Being a 1000 piece puzzle, this took considerable time.
We go through life unaware of the pieces that we are connecting together. As we experience life as babies, toddlers, children, teenagers, and finally adults, there comes a time when we realize that there is a heap of puzzle pieces of our life that we can’t find, or can’t figure out where they fit in. We search and search to find the complete picture of who we are, however, there are many empty spaces, and from our perspective, we are incomplete and rather shabby.
We wonder if we will ever be whole.
Then the process of piecing the puzzle together starts to show the faint makings of what the final result will be. Slowly, as each piece is found and added, we start to see glimmers of clues that pop up in different areas.
As we live our lives, our memories and our experiences fit together, and reveal snippets of who we are…or who we are becoming. This often feels as though it will take forever, and there are many times we feel hopeless, and we get very impatient and frustrated.
We want to give up. We are SO tempted to give in to despair and to JUST GIVE UP. It is so hard to see the complete picture of who we are meant to be. After all, we are made in God’s image, right? Why is it so hard to trust Him and have faith that it will all come together?
So, as I look at my completed, beautiful puzzle, I am reminded that God looks at us in that way. He sees what we are meant to be. He sees our purpose. He sees our beauty…and only He knows all the pieces that will fit together in our lives to transform us and make us whole.
Only He can see the whole, complete picture. It doesn’t matter that we can only see the partial image…we need only to trust Him.
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you. I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah 1:5
I am confident of this: that the one who began a good work in you will bring it to completion on the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6