Thursday, January 2, 2014

LET'S FINISH THE PUZZLE

     Do you enjoy working on a jigsaw in a cozy nook when it's cold and dark outside? You find the corners and the outside edges, then colourful patches that can be spotted easily. But how about when all the remaining pieces seem to be the same colour?

     Everyone is gung-ho while the picture is filling in quickly. When progress dwindles to almost zilch interest disappears. You find a piece the right shape and colour but it does not fit.

     Often we have some challenge that confounds us. We will stick with our search for the solution if the issue matters enough. Sometimes a clear answer comes fairly quickly. When it doesn't, a mind open to God in prayer and as we read scripture will allow us to receive the key if we don't give up.

     James 1:5 states, "If any of you lacks wisdom, let his ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him." (NKJV) Various possibilities may look okay, but there's one solution that's a perfect fit. Once we know in our "knower" that we've discovered it, hanging on until we see it manifest is crucial.

     When Mr. Whiskers is curled up with his head between his paws and his tail wrapped around him, he still sees everything that is going on. God's answer comes first to our spirit. Until the solution transpires in outward circumstances we can snuggle into His keeping without doubting that all will be well.

     That final piece of the puzzle is a gem. My friend's Mom once managed to tuck a piece in her apron pocket when she was busy preparing dinner while the rest of the family worked to complete a jigsaw. When they got down to the very last piece, Mrs. Harris had the satisfaction of reaching over a shoulder and pressing it into place. I can imagine the sparkle in her eye and the glee with which she produced that special one that was missing. How about starting out this new year with determination to persevere until we find the best solution to whatever quandary comes along?

3 comments:

  1. I am sometimes puzzled at the way God does things. And I often wish I had a picture on a box to follow when it comes to life. But as you say, the Lord holds all the pieces and he's trustworthy.

    What you wrote here reminded me of something written by Elisabeth Elliot that I read just last night:

    "These hands that keep a million worlds from spinning into oblivion were nailed motionless to a cross -- Can you trust him?"

    Oh, yes, we can!

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  2. I love doing jigsaw puzzles, Mary, and what you say is so true. When we get down to a pile of bits of sky or something, patience and a waiting/watchful attitude is what we need. Thanks for this reminder to wait for God when we're looking for the right fit in life -- and thanks for the anecdote of Mrs. Harris and the final piece :)

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