I have a friend who for a few years has been coming over on Tuesday nights. It started out mostly because her cable was out and there was a TV show that we both watched, so she just came to my house to watch it with me and the routine stuck. During the times when the show was on a break, we started putting puzzles together and well, that routine pretty much stuck too. So now we watch shows and put puzzles together every Tuesday night. In fact, I can’t remember the last time that my table didn’t have a puzzle on it.
We usually do 1000 piece puzzles and in all this time, we’ve gotten pretty good at putting them together. We have often finished a whole puzzle in one night with the TV going in the background. We always start by sorting through to find the outside edges. Then once they are all together, we sort the inside pieces – by color or by what they are – and then we start working on the inside. Sometimes the sorting is easy because the pieces are distinct enough to know which section of the puzzle they probably go, but other times when there are a lot of similar colors, it’s a lot harder to tell.
But even when a piece is obviously part of the house or the dog or whatever’s in the picture, you still don’t know exactly where to put it until there are some other pieces in place around where it goes. You have a general idea, but not an exact one.
Our walk with God is so much like this. We try to sort out situations we find ourselves in and sometimes we kinda have an idea of where God’s going with the thing. We can see about where all of it fits in. Other times, we haven’t got a clue…we know it has purpose and fits in somewhere, but where is so unclear. It’s not unusual to end up having to wait for God to put a few more pieces in place before we can get a clear picture of where He’s going.
And in our waiting, it’s not hard to get distracted by glancing around at other people’s lives. We see all the pieces of their puzzle seeming to fall right into place and here we are with all these piles of pieces and no idea where to put them. It’s easy to get discouraged when we focus on what God is doing in everybody else’s life and forget to pay attention to what’s happening in ours. We get envious and covet what someone else has instead of being patient and waiting for our own picture to become clear.
And I mean, let’s just be honest. Waiting stinks. It’s hard, especially when the thing we are waiting for is something that’s a deep desire of our heart. But when God is in charge of our timeline, we can find rest while we wait. We can trust His timing even when we can’t understand it.
We can be fully assured that all the pieces of our puzzle will come together and make something beautiful.
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
Our God is merciful and good. He loves with un unending love that is so hard for us in our finite minds to grasp. And He is faithful…remember that. Even when you don’t see anything falling into place, remember that He’s still at the table. He hasn’t given up on you and left. He’s still there sorting all your pieces and He’s still working to put together something beautiful for you.
He’s a master at putting your puzzle together. And He won’t quit until it’s completed.
“…he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion
until the day of Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 1:6