Missing Puzzle Pieces
The secret things belong to the Lord our God,
but the things revealed belong to us.
We all have a few strange friends who like to do puzzles. Large, complicated 5,000 piece puzzles. The more challenging, the better. Not me! Give me a 100-piece puzzle and that only during the holidays!
I do, in fact, envy anyone who has time in our busy world to sit at a quiet table and search for a puzzle piece. I'll stand there looking at the pile of pieces for twenty minutes and only find one piece.
In grief we have been handed a box of puzzling puzzle pieces. Many pieces are seemingly missing. Others just don't appear to fit together at all. We sit at the table, in our minds trying to assemble the un-assemble-able, desperately searching for the missing pieces.
Confused, I wanted God to hand over all the pieces so that I could fit them into a picture that made sense. In retrospect, I see God's wisdom in not giving me all the pieces at once. I know now that there are pieces I couldn't have handled. You may stand staring at your puzzle for five years and find only one piece.
I found that, like the brother who mischievously hides the key puzzle pieces, I too, hid pieces. These secret puzzle pieces I kept hidden for years deep in my pocket. It took time and trust in the love of God before I could pull them out and place them on the table.
The back of our puzzles may look like gray cardboard with lots of empty areas. Don't drive yourself crazy looking for that one missing piece.
The Puzzle Designer has them in His pocket and may hand them to you when you least expect it. For me it was several years down the road.
The Bible promises that in heaven we will be handed the missing last piece. "There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed or hidden that will not be known." Matthew 10:26
Is it the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter. Proverbs 25:2
The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever. Deuteronomy 29:29
What puzzle piece would you like to be handed today?
Is your focus on the missing puzzle pieces or on the Puzzle Designer?
What can you discover about the Puzzle Maker's ways? (Romans 11:33; Isaiah 55:8, 9)
Monthly Support Group
September 12th at 4:30pm
485 Crystal Hills Blvd
Manitou Springs, CO