In the world but not of it

October 21, 2009

Jigsaw puzzle…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

“In fact, this has happened here in this very city! For
Herod Antipas, Pontius Pilate the governor, the Gentiles, and the people of
Israel were all united against Jesus, your holy servant, whom you anointed. But everything they did was determined
beforehand according to your will
. Acts 4:27-28

One of my favorite passages in the Bible is Psalms 139. In
it we find a detailed description of God’s meticulous design and plan for our
lives. You simply can’t read it without coming away encouraged and reminded
that even the mundane events are somehow ordered perfectly by our Lord.

Our lives are a bit like working on a jigsaw puzzle without
having the outside of the box to look at and know exactly what it is supposed
to be when it is finished.

There are the pieces God puts together. We step back and
take a look and see it shaping up. We then think we have the next piece figured
out and attempt to take the pieces into our own hands and ram them into a place
on the puzzle only to discover it does not quite fit.

What is the central thought behind doing a puzzle? It is
simply getting it finished as soon as possible. When we start a puzzle we sit
down with the single goal to complete it. Unfortunately this is how we treat
our own lives. We are trying to complete certain events and move on to the next
one.

But God has determined everything according to His own will.
I am not the puzzle master. I am the puzzle and just like the clay in the hands
of the potter, I cannot pick myself up of the floor and starting plugging in
the pieces. Only the Lord’s hand can do this.

Let’s consider today whether we truly accept all that is
occurring as being from the loving hand of our Father in heaven…

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