We can first picture our lives as a jigsaw puzzle.
When we begin to assemble a jigsaw puzzle, the first thing
we do is to study the finished picture on the box.
Unlike the store-bought puzzle however, our life puzzle
doesnít come complete with a detail finished picture.
Yes, we have the Bible as the Word of God along with the
illumination and guidance of the Holy Spirit to provide
wisdom for successfully navigating this life. We also
have the promise that God is working all things for good to
those who love Him (Rm 8:28). Yet, we still have
trouble seeing the purpose of some pieces, how other pieces
fit together, and how any good can possibly come out of some
of the other pieces in our life (see
Days the Locust Ate).
We can also picture our
life as a road map. Several years
ago, I heard Pastor Tony Evans speak of his first trip to
New York City. He was wondering around the downtown
area amidst the tall buildings, traffic and pedestrians,
until he soon became disoriented and unsure of which
direction he was heading. He used this experience to
illustrate that, although he appeared to be lost from his
limited street level view, God had a much higher view of the
situation (Is 55:9). While our road map may only cover
a few blocks, God's map contains the entire landscape.
Likewise, God also has the finished picture of the
puzzle that is our life. In fact, He is the master
artist who paints and superintends it according to His good
purpose (Eph 1:9). He is not only aware of all the
contingencies that lead up to each event, but all the ripple
effects that extend afterward. Thus, we donít have to
know all the details, just the Master who not only sees and
controls the end from the beginning (Is 46:10) but is the
Beginning and the End (Rev 22:13).
As we get older, we continually add additional pieces to the
puzzle of our lives. Simultaneously, as we abide in
Christ and yield to His spirit, the purpose and arrangement
of these pieces will become increasingly clearer.
Iíve gotten older, Iíve begun to see the purpose behind more
and more events. Iím particularly amazed at all the
things that I did for purely secular reasons, or for
spiritual reasons with selfish motives, that God ultimately
used for good (Gen 50:20, Rom 8:28).
Of course, weíll
never fully understand all the pieces or how they fit
together (the final picture) this side of heaven (1Cor
13:12). In the day that we see Him face to face, we
will finally see clearly the final picture. We will
probably utter such phrases as ďSo thatís why God let that
happen to meĒ, or ďNow I understand why I didnít get that
jobĒ, or had that financial setback, or that illness.
We will also be amazed at the many times that He rescued us
from our own shortsightedness without us even knowing it.
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