One Piece at a Time

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Ephesians 2:10 NLT

It’s amazing how God uses everyday life to speak to us…

My 4 year old daughter was working on a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse set of puzzles and was becoming frustrated with the process. It was a 16 piece puzzle and each piece was a cube, with every side containing a part of a different character’s picture. Before she could put the pieces together, she would first have to turn each cube around to figure out which side belongs to which picture. 

One Piece at a Time
My daughter putting together her puzzle

She really was doing a great job with it and I was very impressed watching her work through each piece to put the full picture together. Her perspective, however, was a little bit different and I found myself having to continually encourage her. Each time she tried to put two pieces together that didn’t match she got frustrated and slammed down the pieces, saying things like “it’s too hard” and “I can’t do it.”

I kept reassuring her by saying things like, “you can do this,” “just do one piece at a time,” “look how far you have come,” and “it’s not done but it is coming together.”

While giving her these words of encouragement, I heard a voice say, “this is how I am with you.”

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” say the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8-9 NLT

The Lord can see what I cannot. He approaches my story from a perspective of progress, seeing how far I’ve come rather than how far I have left to go.

Much like a puzzle, we are drawn to the full picture of our lives and like my daughter we want to hurry up and see the picture come together. We are told that we are God’s masterpiece and that our lives have purpose. We know that once our life puzzle is complete, it will be beautiful, but our limited view prevents us from being able to see the finished product. Only God knows how our lives will come together and it is up to us to put our trust in Him.

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.
Philippians 1:6

I have seen glimpses of the full picture, just as my daughter did as she worked through her puzzle. We may see a hand here, a foot there, maybe some of the sky, all little bits of the full picture to let us know that we are on the right track and to keep us motivated to keep going, knowing that once the puzzle is finished, we will have a beautiful masterpiece.

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