One day while cleaning out a closet, I found several of my 10 year old’s puzzles that had been pushed to the back by other things and had laid there unnoticed. An activity that we haven’t done in a while can peek our interest once more. So, I decided to lay a trap and see what, or should I say whom, I could catch! I retrieved about 4 puzzle boxes from the closet, and laid them on the table. They were sure to be noticed there! Sure enough, much to my delight, the work began. There were 25 piece puzzles, 50 pieces and 100 pieces. I was quickly reminded that 25 piece puzzles were for “babies”! Yet, there they were, all lined up across the table with empty boxes put to the side, displaying their masterpiece. Not too much to look at one piece at a time, or even several lined up, but in the hand of the right person, wow! They become a beautiful picture, but more than that, they have the ability to take you to another place. I’ve noticed her humming a song, while she works, and my heart smiles. ♥️♥️She has put each of them together over 25 times. So much so, that if a piece from another box gets mixed in she recognizes it immediately. Maybe it’s the sense of accomplishment of the “finished work” that is so intriguing. Perhaps it’s the lure of possibilities. Either way, my trap worked and I could not be happier.
What about you?……… Any closets need cleaning out? …….. Any hidden dreams or talents pushed to the back that need to be revived? ……….Any relationships that need to be rekindled or perhaps some that may need to have the strings cut. ….. Maybe it’s time to really forgive and move on……… This kind of stuff is not “for babies”! It’s not for the weak! This is the perfect place to quit trying to puzzle together a life with all the wrong pieces, and turn it over to the One who designed it from the Throne Room of Heaven. That my friend, takes courage and strength, to give over the control to the only one who can see the complete picture. It’s really quite simple, almost too simple. It’s a decision. It’s committing to being “all in”! Nothing worse than to finish a puzzle and step back only to notice there are pieces missing! Even worse to walk away and leave it only half finished! We don’t want that!! We want all that he has for us! We want his best! Perhaps that seems too hard or impossible. Maybe you are thinking you’ve messed up too bad for him to fix. Really? How absurd is that? His best friend denied that he even knew him –so strongly that he cussed! Yet before he left this earthly realm, he restored him, and positioned him as the head of his church. That means to me that there’s hope for people like me and you. Let the Great Artist take you from feeling weighted down from all the baggage and self loathing you are carrying, to being light hearted and carefree.
Unaccepted Grace is the most uniquely puzzling thing of all. It’s there for the taking. It cost nothing, but he gave everything! You have nothing to loose except torment, depression, anxiety, addiction, etc. You have everything to gain like freedom, joy, peace and contentment. One thing is for sure, once he has done his best work on you, there’s no going back to who you once were. If you have slipped, hurry, pick up the cloth of repentance and wipe off the smudged glass so that you can see clearly again and let him pick up the pieces! He is really good at what he does!! He’s my Daddy. He’s my Deliverer. He’s my best friend. He’s my redeemer. His name is Jesus. Just say his name out loud, I dare you, and watch the atmosphere begin to shift.
Prayer: Jesus take each piece of my life and redeem each one to give you glory. Your Kingdom Come, Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven! Amen.
Matthew 8:27 )And the men were full of wonder, saying, What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea do his orders?