Life is Like a Jigsaw Puzzle
I don’t know about life being like a box of chocolates, but I am convinced life is more like a jigsaw puzzle, the more I work on it. I started one over the Easter Bank Holiday, thinking it would be fun….! But the more I look at the picture emerging as pieces fit together, the less it appears to resemble what is on the box! It’s like sone one has put the wrong puzzle inside the wrong box! So I am doing it blind, ignoring what I have been “told” I am working on, and choosing to see what’s in front of me instead.
Isn’t that so how life is?
We get told from an early age how life should look, based on the stories, the media, the films we watch, the songs we listen to. A picture is painted. And yet here I am, at the age of 40 looking at the pieces of my life and thinking, huh?! What happened?! The image on the box looks like nothing like the pieces of my life right now. I think the life I imagined I would have, has been placed in the wrong box? Or….was I looking at the wrong box all along?
I look at the actual jigsaw I’m working on, and there seems to be no rhyme nor reason to the sections which I hope will fit together. Somehow. I can’t even see how all the 1000 pieces are going to fit in the space of the outline created from some of the edge pieces….and I’m not even sure I have all the pieces for that either! No doubt I’ll find out as I progress whether something is missing or not.
People often talk about Jesus being the missing piece of the puzzle of our lives, that when we bring Him into the right place in our life, He brings everything together.
But let me go a step further. What if Jesus was the one fitting the pieces together. What if He wasn’t going by an image on a lid, but as the one who created the design in the first place, knows exactly how it all should fit together. What if He knows where some of the pieces you have missed are hiding, or how to draw in pieces which look out of place. What if your life was determined by Him, instead of by the world around you? What if, when you look back over your situation, or your life so far, you can see the image beginning to emerge as God intended it to look.
I don’t know what your life looks like right now, but while Ma Gump might have taught life is like a box of chocolate, and maybe there are elements of life which are actually like that. But what if lire actually takes shape under the diligent working of the Lord as He pieces things together. Sometimes around you, ready to slot into place when you are ready; other times with you, as He prepares you for where He needs to place you.
Don’t worry about your life, what you should wear, what you should eat, or drink. God knows your needs before you even ask of Him. Don’t worry when everything looks “wrong”. Your idea of wrong, and God’s idea of wrong probably don’t align. Trust Him with your life, and see how the image of your life with Him emerges from what appears to be mess.