When puzzle pieces go missing. I want to understand. I want to see how all these pieces can be put back together.
But the real wisdom is not the ability to find how all the puzzle gets back together. Real wisdom is trusting God, even when life doesn’t make sense.~Joni Earekson Tada
One of my favorite things growing up was working jigsaw puzzles. The more pieces, the better. I remember taking my saved up allowance money, going to one of the neighborhood stores that sold toys, and buying the puzzle box filled with hundreds, yes even a thousand pieces. Oh, I could hardly wait to get home so we could open up the box and dump out all the pieces. When it was puzzle time, Mom would set up a card table in the corner of the den, so Dad and I could spend hours at a time, working the puzzle.
At first, I would want to just start trying pieces to see if they would match. But Dad would take his time, carefully examining the pieces for each of the matches. Sometimes the process was slow and tedious and then other times, the pace would change and the pieces would fall into place. In learning how to work these puzzles, I relied so many times on my dad’s wisdom to guide me through the process of putting the pieces back together.
He would often say, “Our lives are often times like this jigsaw puzzle. We have circumstances and situations that break us apart. And we have to trust God to help us put the pieces back together. We can’t do it on our own.”
When I ran across the words of Joni Earekson Tada, my mind went back to the special times spent working on those jigsaw puzzles and the spiritual life lessons I took away from the hundreds, or thousands pieces jigsaw puzzles. And then it went to the times my life has seemed like a jigsaw puzzle.
Many times have I cried out, “I just want all the pieces to go back together. I just want to put it all back together.”
The problem was one little, tiny word . . . “I” . . . ” I want . . .”
My life is like those jigsaw puzzles, I have to let go of all the loose puzzle pieces.
Just like as a young girl when I looked to my earthly dad to guide me, to share his wisdom, I have to turn to my Abba Father, my Creator, for His wisdom to help me put the pieces back together.
In His way, in His time. It’s not up to me to sort through all the broken apart pieces and tediously put pieces back together. I can not do it on my own.
I must trust in His Wisdom. He puts back the pieces – in ways, I couldn’t even see!
Trusting Him, even when life doesn’t make sense.