Have you ever had one of the days, weeks months and even years…when you just want to give up? You know… when you just want to pull the covers back over your head and forget everything that exists in your life at the moment? We’ve probably all experienced moments like these.
Sometimes our lives can get filled with worries, anxieties, guilt and grief that depression sets in and life just seems lifeless.
Why doe we do this to ourselves?
What do we think we will gain by these actions and behaviors?
We do this because we are human. We depend on ourselves to fix it. And when we can’t…we gain nothing but more worries, anxieties, grief and guilt.
If you can, picture a jigsaw puzzle in your mind. Metaphorically speaking, our lives are much like that puzzle. God has known from the beginning of time, who you once was, who you are now, and the person you will become. He has given us pieces to our personal, unique puzzle that only we can fit and piece together in this journey called life.
Receive the help when offered. God may be sending someone in your direction to give you the guidance needed. It’s perfectly ok for them to help guide you in which piece fits where, especially when you’re struggling. A joint effort from those who have successfully completed a puzzle or two builds community and a bond. The pieces just seem to fall into place. But ultimately, it’s your puzzle. Take on the challenges and learn from the experiences.
What if the piece your working on just doesn’t fit? That’s ok. Move on to another piece. Philippians 1:6 reminds us that you’re not alone. God is working on you and your pieces to help complete your work of art. In fact, there may be many who help you in the journey of piecing it all together.
Puzzles are time-consuming. If you’ve ever taken on the task of a large puzzle, you will find that the pieces are everywhere. You need them all. You have to lay it all out on the table to see exactly what you’re dealing with. If it looks challenging…that’s ok. Take your time. Puzzles can become clearer once you step back and take another look. So it is with life. Patience and perseverance will be your friend, if you let it.
Once you’ve stepped back, take a look at the big picture. Most puzzles are sold in a box. On the front cover of the box is the photo of what your puzzle should look like, once completed. I’ve always found the front box cover helpful. The many fragments and pieces on the table become confusing and I sometimes will lose concentration. The box cover enhances the focus. The box cover provides a clearer vision for each piece. Where would we be without that awesomely crafted box cover?
Much like the box cover, Christ is our box cover in life. When we cooperate with the Holy Spirit and use the Bible as our guide in placing each piece in its proper place, God will transform our pile of pieces into a beautifully crafted box cover for life. (Philippians 2)
Without God, our puzzles will never be complete.
God is continually working on our puzzles. Just when we think a piece won’t fit…or even when a piece is missing; God is working it all out for us to complete the picture. He helps to perfect us in our moments of imperfection.
Your journey through life is like a jigsaw puzzle.
When is the last time you worked on your puzzle with God?
Remember: As you go through life, you never have to be alone.
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