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Wednesday, January 24, 2018
PICKING UP THE PIECES
Once every couple of years, I decide to put together a puzzle. Being iced/snowed in for a couple of days seemed the perfect time to start another one. It looked easy enough---looks can be deceiving. It took more than a couple of days to finish this lovely winter scene. Once the pieces are all on the table face up--I am on a mission to get it put together. Once finished, I spend~ perhaps 30 minutes looking at the completed project and then systematically take it apart~with no two pieces left connected.
This puzzle was filled with whites, reds, and blues. Subtle differences in the shades are the only clue as to what belongs together. The shape of the pieces must fit nicely together. Beginning with small bits and pieces of the scene--before you realize it the big picture begins to form. There is one down side to puzzles---if one piece is lost---there is a void in the picture. A hole left in the otherwise peaceful~beautiful scene.
The rug under the table where I worked on the puzzle is multi-colored. It has white, red, and blue in addition to yellow and brown. A few pieces were accidentally brushed off the table onto the rug in the process of shifting 1000 pieces around to find matches. The time finally came when there a few holes left, but no more pieces on the table to fill in the gaps. A thorough search of the rug revealed several pieces that blended into the rug perfectly and missed my notice when concentrating on the pieces in front of me. The puzzle would not have been complete had I not found, picked up and inserted those pieces. The missing pieces of the puzzle were the key to finishing a beautiful scene.
This is a wonderful analogy for a number of subjects rolling around in my head. The one thought that kept bubbling to the surface was life. Each and every day is a piece of the puzzle which forms our lives. It takes each and every piece to complete the picture of our trek through life. If you look closely at the finished puzzle, you will notice a couple of barren trees---not so beautiful when taken alone~but an intricate part of the entire scene as a whole. Some pieces of the puzzle we would really like to do without, but the scene is not complete until each and every piece is in place.
This reminds me of a passage from The Shack. The Holy Spirit is showing Mack the beauty of the tapestry of life and the world as seen from above. When viewing it from ground level it seems to be a hazy kaleidoscope of color and mist which makes no sense. From God's view, it is breath-taking beautiful.
So--keep putting your puzzle together--remember each piece is important to the integrity of the beauty of the whole. Even when the pieces seem unnecessary--unneeded--unwanted---once completed God's tapestry of our lives is a magnificent work of art.