Proverbs 19:21-24 There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand. The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar. The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil. A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
Our family use to like to put together puzzles. It seemed as though there was always a puzzle on the table. Most everyone in the family would stop by, look for a few pieces, and then place the pieces they found where they needed to be.
Sometimes we would find a few pieces that went together but we just could not see where they belonged in the puzzle. So, these pieces would set beside the puzzle, connected together, until we later found their home.
On occasion, we would lose a piece. How d
iscouraging it was to complete a puzzle, only to find one piece was missing. Later, when we would find a puzzle piece around the house, we would try to figure out which puzzle it went with. The only way we could possibly know is if we had seen the completed puzzle. Otherwise, it is just a colored, funny shaped piece of cardboard.
Our lives are much like these puzzles. We want to believe we have things all figured out, when truthfully, we are all simply a piece of a much bigger picture. Only God, who has seen the whole plan together, can really know how our life fits with the lives of others. He has already seen the completed puzzle. We might try to fit here or there, but without God’s guidance, we are just a piece out-of-place. Occasionally we find a few others and realize, we fit comfortably together with them. Yet we are still not the entire puzzle, but only a section of the picture that only God has seen. How can we possibly fit in life’s puzzle? Since only God knows, it is important for us to follow His guidance and leading as He places each of us exactly where we belong.
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Some may be thinking, “I don’t seem to fit anywhere.” We had those puzzle pieces too. The ones we tried but did not fit, so we set them aside and kept looking for their place. We knew they fit somewhere. When we found their place, it seemed as if those pieces were special, as they made the picture complete.
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