Sunday, September 11, 2016
Life's Puzzle Pieces
I have never been good at putting puzzles together. It is not my talent, and I have never enjoyed trying to fit the pieces together. I have seen completed puzzles, however, and often they portray beautiful scenes.
Sometimes it is difficult to see the completed product of my life's puzzles pieces as well. It has been challenging sometimes to understand His plan in the overwhelming moments of my life. As I watched my husband's body deteriorate during those challenging years as his caregiver, it was difficult to see God's big picture in all this. The same is and has been true in many situations I face/ have faced in my post care-giving days as a widow. God is so much wiser than I am, however.
Yet I can know by faith that the Lord loves me and is meeting all my needs. He has forgiven my sins, and He is fitting what I perceive as the missing pieces of my life into a beautiful picture. When I look back on my life I can already see how He has used difficult times for His glory and my good. I can begin to see how the pieces are fitting together.
I will, however, never fully see the completed and big picture of God's love and wisdom until I reach eternity. Yet as the picture above illustrates, my life is molded by the heart of God and by His love. I may still see my life as having missing pieces, but He sees the beautiful finished product. Philippians 1:6 (NIV) says, "being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." He is fitting the puzzle pieces of my life together into something beautiful. Dear caregiver, trust that the Lord is also fitting the puzzle pieces of your life together into a beautiful mosaic of His love!