Jigsaws with God
I was recently talking with my friend Martin about his holiday in America. He said he’d met some interesting people and in conversation had learnt a bit about them, but had not got the full picture, just a few bits of the jigsaw of their lives.
That got me thinking (dangerous! Lol). Do we play at jigsaws with God?
We may say we have given our lives to Him (I did, on 15th June 1966), but do we sometimes try and hide bits of the jigsaw?
There are things in our lives that we may be able to keep secret from friends and family, but God knows the full picture; after all He made it in the first place!
Usually when one starts a jigsaw you start by doing the outside edge. In our lives sometimes we try and put an edge (or defence) around things we don’t want others to know. We then try to build the full picture. It’s not always easy, because some parts don’t seem to fit, or we lose bits.
Life can be like that, but we have God and others to help us. Doing a jigsaw on your own can sometimes be hard work, so don’t be afraid to ask for help.
However, there are times when we want to be alone and try and put the pieces together by ourselves. And there are also times when we’d be happy to lose or hide a few pieces!
We forget that when we try to hide bits of the jigsaw of our lives from God, He already knows the full picture.
There are bits we try to hide because of shame (a bit like Adam in the Garden of Eden), or sadness (because we want to forget) or regret, but God smiles and says “I’ve replaced those missing or hidden pieces and made all things new by sending Jesus to die on the cross.”
God restores the jigsaws of our lives and completes the picture.
On a positive note about hidden pieces of the jigsaw: there are bits we may try to hide because we don’t want to bring attention to ourselves or appear to be “blowing our own trumpet”. But God knows about these pieces too! He sees the “little acts of kindness”, the compassion given to those who are suffering or grieving, the work done “behind the scenes”. God honours these good and faithful servants when their picture is completed.
I’ve come to the conclusion that it is better to try and “do the jigsaw” or live your life with God’s help to put the pieces together rather than on your own. Trying to hide pieces doesn’t help either, because God already knows the full picture. If you’ve got any damaged or lost pieces He knows what they look like and He will replace them with new pieces.
So despite our efforts at times to hide, discard or make pieces fit that don’t, God will help us complete the pictures of our lives. I give thanks also to the people He has sent along to help us make sense of what may seem an impossible puzzle. Don’t worry what your jigsaw may look like at the moment; God knows the full picture.
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