Monday, April 28, 2014

The final piece of the puzzle!

13Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The LORD is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made. 14The LORD upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. Psalm 145: 13-14

There's something very compelling about a jigsaw puzzle. They are great for that rainy day
during a beach vacation. They can be shared work; the more the merrier when it comes to
doing the many-pieced ones. I've seen folks use some sort of gluing process to turn
completed puzzles into works of art... neat! 

Yet... and this is one very nasty scenario... it's bad when you get to, or near to, the end of
a long process of sorting, completing that border, meticulously working out each separate
bit of the image.. to find that a piece is missing. Well that creates the feeling of a very long waste of time and effort. It's a lot like shuffling and dealing from a deck of cards only to find 
that there are only 51 cards!

Well we could liken our lives to a jigsaw puzzle. There are a whole bunch of experiences,
people, accomplishments, set-backs... I could go on... that go into the image of you, as a 
puzzle. Yet, and this is often sadly the case, when one looks at the totality of a life, very
often there is that one, final piece not found. It may not be a very much larger piece or
oddly-shaped piece; yet, it comes up missing.

Even of the person pictured in this puzzle is highly motivated, highly educated, wonderfully
personable, very actively engaged in a myriad of activities, a pillar of his community,
a regular church attendee.... again, I could go on, without that one, final, most important
piece of the puzzle, one might just as well put all the other pieces away because the
puzzle is incomplete! Lacks meaning, lacks fulfillment, lacks purpose, lacks a reason for
being, lacks hope....

That final piece is shaped like the living God of creation. It isn't for sale. It isn't
earn-able, it isn't unapproachable, it isn't for only a few.

He reaches out and calls His own. Sometimes we must get very quiet and listen.

Praise God!