While on vacation I sometimes like to put together a jigsaw puzzle. On a recent vacation I took along a 1000 piece puzzle that was a gift from my sister. I knew when I packed it that it was probably a bit overzealous to think I could complete it in a week. However, I told myself that it was the process that I enjoy rather than the completion itself. I was mistaken. As the week dwindled away I had very little to show for my efforts. I think it had something to do with knowing that I couldn’t finish it. I had little motivation to try.
But shouldn’t our lives be more about the trying than the end result? No matter what we do we can’t guarantee how things will necessarily turn out. There is some certainty to the puzzle. Unless you are missing pieces, with enough time and effort the end result should look like the box lid. If only life were that certain! I will bet that very few people reading this have lives right now that they pictured when they are younger. It reminds me of a funny saying I’ve heard…..if you want to make God laugh tell Him your plans. We don’t set out to fail, we don’t plan to get sick, we don’t plan to be single or barren, we don’t plan to get divorced as we walk down the aisle. But that may be where you are, one or all of them. Maybe you are aksing God “Why?” this very minute.
Could it be that He has something better in mind for you? Could there be something in your future that you could not even percieve, something far better than whatever plan you had in mind? Maybe. And maybe what you are going through is simply to draw you closer to God. I know for me personally that if things are going along well I tend to rely on myself and not my Savior. But when things fall apart I am on my knees and seeking Jesus for every single thing because I know there is no way I can make it better! Just like that puzzle, I can’t make the pieces fit. God is the only one that has the box lid of my life and knows how it will turn out. Likely it won’t be until I get to heaven that it all makes sense.
Sometimes I have to go along with Job when he said this about the Lord:
“I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” Job 42:2 ESV
Do you believe that as well? If not, you may need to cry out to God and ask Him to help you believe this truth about Him.
Have a great day!