I think my love for puzzles comes from my childhood memories of putting them together with my grandma. She would sit for hours with a puzzle and put it together and I found so much joy in joining her. I loved the thrill of debating about whether to put the border together first, or just pick an area and go with it (she taught me to assemble the border first). Then as each section started to come together there was the excitement of finding the piece that finally fit to complete the tree, wagon, bird, etc.
There was also that feeling of frustration when we would get to the end of the puzzle and there was one piece missing. The 1,000 piece puzzle turned into the 999 piece puzzle. All that work to never be able to see the full picture. Whenever we started a new puzzle we always crossed our fingers and hoped that in the end all the pieces would be there, otherwise it seemed like wasted effort.
Often times in life as we walk through seasons of waiting we feel as though we are putting together a 1,000 piece puzzle. We call out to the Lord and we try to figure out how our current circumstances are supposed to come together for good? We think about what could be and start to put the puzzle together as best we can, constantly hunting for clues to how the pieces fit together.
Sometimes when we get to the final product, the end of our season there is a piece missing. We pray, we seek, we think we hear the Lord clearly and then in the end as His plans unfold we are left with an unfinished puzzle. Everything seems to fit together, but we still don’t have all the answers.
The more we look at the puzzle, the more we start to focus on what hasn’t been provided to us. Maybe we didn’t get the new job, the healed relationship, the benign mass, or even the repentant child. It is in this moment where we are so clearly focused that we need to take a step back and see what has transpired and the beauty in the other 999 pieces of the puzzle, the season of waiting. It is when we look at the big picture, His overarching plan, that we see the Lord’s provision so clearly.
No matter the season that lies beyond the waiting we can be assured that He has another puzzle to build with us and, just like those moments of my childhood enjoying the process with my grandma, we will enjoy the puzzle building with our Heavenly Father who works for our good. The puzzle is good, it is beautiful, and it will be everything we need to prepare us for what is to come.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding;”
“The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me. Lord , Your love is eternal; do not abandon the work of Your hands.”