Happy Monday and thanks for joining me. Grab your coffee, or whatever you like to drink for your break and come on in. 🙂
This week I started a project, a 500-piece puzzle. I’ve been wanting to do a larger sized one since I often help my daughter with her easy ones. I have not even come close to finishing it yet but for some reason, I find it kind of relaxing to sit down and find a few pieces to fit in.
I usually start with the edge pieces, get the framework done and then move into the middle. As I was working on it, some life lessons popped into my head. In life, we need a framework. We all have one — some of us have better ones than others and for those of you who cannot look to a family that gave you a good background, it is not too late!! We are so blessed to have a heavenly Father who is waiting to fill in that frame. It is never too late to allow God in. He tells us in His word: “But now this is what the LORD says, the one who created you, the one who formed you: ‘Do not be afraid, because I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called you by name; you are mine.’” Isaiah 43:1
I would feel lost without Him as the one I look to be my foundation, to be the one who strengthens my frame.
In an ideal world, our parents are the first to show us God, and to help build a strong frame around our lives. However, in a fallen world, more often than not, imperfect people create imperfect home lives and leave us with some missing pieces. If you’ve joined us in the How to Love Who You Love class or have read the book “How We Love” by Milan and Kay Yerkovich, you know of what I speak. I have heard it said that we spend our adult years getting over our childhood years!
In no way do we wish to cast blame on our parents, for I do now know that most of them do the best they know (even when that best is far from great). Many different things can affect us in childhood, from illnesses, a death in the family, bullies, unkind teachers, maybe even mean friends. All of these situations play into who we are. As I was working on the puzzle, I would move around the table to look at the pieces from a different angle hoping that would help me find the next piece. Again, a verse from the Bible speaks to this…”For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. Isaiah 55:8
This is true in life too…sometimes we have to look at things from a different perspective or another angle…simply be aware of the people, books or songs He brings into our lives as ways of showing us things from His angle.
Perhaps the most frustrating part of doing a puzzle is trying to put in a piece that looks like it will fit and it doesn’t….and then looking for the missing piece. Isn’t that just like life? Here is something that seems it will fit… finally!! Maybe it’s a job, or a relationship and then, bam! Nope, it doesn’t fit after all. Maybe, like me, you are always trying to make sense of all the jumbled up pieces that are your life. There they are in a heap on the table and you can’t make sense of where they go. Sometimes I tire myself out wondering how exactly to put that puzzle together! Then, God reminds me “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28
He’s got this puzzle all figured out! I just need to relax and allow Him to fit those pieces together for me. Easier said than done! It’s a daily struggle for me to let this concept sink in. I thank Him that He is patient and loving!
This week, may we relax as we let God work on our puzzling lives and create a masterpiece that only He can make. Be blessed.
Until next week,