Years ago people would get together for a puzzle party. They would buy a big jigsaw puzzle and put it together. They would have fun, fellowship and pride in putting it together. When I was a child my mom worked for 6 months putting together a jigsaw puzzle. A friend of mine worked on a 2000 piece jigsaw puzzle for 2 years. If it were me trying to do it, my blood pressure would be skyrocketing and I would walk away in frustration.
For many of us, that is exactly the way life turns out. It’s a big giant puzzle and we’re not sure how the pieces fit together. We become frustrated and irritated with life.
The Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Rome and the believers known for their tremendous faith. That church was undergoing great persecution. They were trying to serve the Lord in great hostility from the world. Many in that church were asking, “Why is God allowing this to happen to me?” Life became a puzzle for them. It did not make sense. How did all the pieces fit together? The Apostle Paul wrote a wonderful verse of scripture to them in Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” When faced with the puzzle of life God knows how everything works together. In His master design it all fits together for good. In the Amplified Bible Romans 8:28 says, “We are assured and know that (God being a partner in their labor); all things work together and are (fitting into a plan,) for good to those who love God and are called according to (His) design and purpose.” If Christ is our Savior in this life, then God is our partner. When life is a puzzle we can trust by faith to allow God to fit the pieces together.
I heard the story about Charles Lang of Carson, California. He has an unusual hobby. He puts together a 1000 piece puzzle every day. He has pasted together 1,170 of these puzzles and displayed them in his seven-room home. Charles literally lives in a house of puzzles, covering the walls of his home. Perhaps you live in a house of puzzles? Just remember you may be frustrated, but God is not. He knows where all the pieces fit together. One day in heaven we will understand how it all fit together.
Rev. Richard Humphries
Pastoral Care & Sr. Adult Ministries