~ Peggy Berglund
It just didn’t seem right. It wasn’t coming together. I wassure something was wrong – in fact I wondered if someone had slipped in piecesthat didn’t belong. It wasn’t until thepuzzle was almost finished did it make sense. Frustration mounted because I was trying to fit pieces in areas theydidn’t belong – even though it looked as though they fit. Whoever designed the shape of the puzzlepieces knew that if put together according to plan, the scene on the puzzlewould match the one on the puzzle box.
Psalm 139 identifies the designer of life; our life that we maythink of as a puzzle – but it’s not a puzzle to Him. The first verse of thePsalm calls Him LORD and says “You have searched me and known me”. Verses 15 and 16 go on to say, “My bones werenot hidden from You when I was made in secret, when I was formed in the depthsof the earth. Your eyes saw me when Iwas formless; all my days were written in Your book and planned before a singleone of them began”.
There are times we may be prone to ask “Why did this happento me – what did I do to deserve this”? It’s like a puzzle piece that doesn’t seem to make sense no matter howit is turned– it doesn’t fit into our plan for life. Hopefullywe can look back days, months or years later and realize the truth of Romans 8:28 “We know that all things work together for the good of those who loveGod: those who are called according toHis purpose”. Paul may have also thought he had a flawedpuzzle piece when he asked the Lord three times to free him of a “thorn in theflesh”. It may have seemed to him thathe could be more effective without that hindrance in his life – but the Lord,knowing the whole picture answered him with “My grace is sufficient for you,for power is perfected in weakness”. (II Corinthians 12:9) I’m glad Paul asked the Lord for a differentpuzzle piece, and that the Lord’s response is one that applies to our lives as well.
When Job’s friends ignorantly tried to help Job put thepieces of his puzzle together the Lord started His reply to them in Job 38:2with “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?” The Lordthen continues through chapter 41 informing Job of His (the Lord’s)“credentials” that gave Him the right to design the shape of the puzzle piecesof Job’s life.
In the beginning ofthe last chapter of Job, Job realizes that he sees only a small part of thepicture of his life, and God sees the whole picture – the same is true in yourlife and mine. The picture isn’tfinished yet, there are pieces yet to find their spot. The One in whose image we are made, who hasasked us to follow Him through life has said “For I know the plans I have foryou, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to giveyou hope and a future.” He’s not puzzledabout life!