It was a friendly contest to see which couple could put a 300-piece puzzle together the quickest. Both puzzles were similar in difficulty.
Imagine the awe and shock of our challengers when in less than ten minutes, we were done! Then imagine their sneers as they discovered our 300 pieces were randomly poked into any available spot. Hence, we had wagon wheel parts in the sky, and bird parts scattered everywhere! Absolutely nothings made sense in our ‘completed picture’ – kind of like creation before God got hold of it.
That’s the lesson for this week. All the myriad pieces that were to make up the ‘you’ God saw, were individually manufactured by Him. He knows where each belongs. He even knows when pieces aren’t part of his plan… and how to get rid of them.
He’ll remove the pieces of bad habits, addictions, slovenly indifferences, waffling commitments, selfishness, large egos and anything else that detracts from his ultimate portrait of your life. They are all ugly and don’t belong!
If you want your life to make sense and the portrait God started to end up a masterpiece give God control over all the pieces presently in your puzzle.
God will not bust in and wrench things out of our lives that we stubbornly won’t loosen our grips on, but his Holy Spirit will continually tap us on the shoulder and whisper a soft wooing to win back our hearts and allegiance to Christ.
Day by day our completed puzzles are being formed. We seldom understand where the piece in our hand fits exactly… but God does. Give it to Him. And though we are temporarily offended to think that any of our own ‘hand made’ pieces will only blur God’s artistry, we do want a masterpiece displayed on his refrigerator!
So don’t mess with the good work your Heavenly Father has already invested in your future. No one knows the embryonic ‘you’ that He saw in his future even before you were in your mother’s womb.
Don’t turn a portrait meant to display God’s artistic flair into Kindergarten finger painting.
“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit them
together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it.”
Psalm 139:13,14 LB