by Pam Day
I know you have been sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for an update on our patio project.
Here are a few pictures of our progress thus far. There’s Brian, patiently and carefully putting the pieces of flag stone into just the proper spot.
I haven’t been helping with this part of the project. This stage is pretty much a one man job.
My part right now is to observe, encourage and get the heck out of the way! And of course write about it!
As I was standing on my observation deck (inside, looking out the patio door, drinking my wine) it occurred to me how these pieces of flagstone resemble the puzzle pieces of our lives.
We are constantly trying to decide, choose, cut and fit just the right pieces of our lives into just the right spot to create a lovely mosaic. Okay, maybe I had too much wine!
Seriously though, sometimes life can feel like an intricate puzzle. If you are like me, I often wonder what the heck God is up to and how in the world He plans to fit all the pieces together.
Four types of life’s puzzles pieces come to mind. (Yes, there are many more but I am writing a blog post, not a novel.) See if you can relate to any of them.
1. The “FORCE IT” piece of the puzzle. This is the piece of us that is determined to have our lives all figured out, all our ducks in a row.
It’s that piece that we CRAM into place and MAKE fit no matter what.
Then we wonder why there are times when the corners of the piece crumble off, or the middle will fracture because it is pressed into too tight of a spot.
That doesn’t seem to hinder us though, we just fill in cracks with sand and cover it up. Then we pray to God it, or should I say we, won’t fall apart.
2. The “I DON’T FIT” piece of the puzzle. This is the piece of us that frantically runs around like a chicken with its head cut off.
Oh man this takes me back to my younger days when we raised chickens. Not a pretty sight when they don’t have heads! Okay, I digress… where was I… oh yes, chickens, heads.
We flit around from one place to the other, DESPERATELY trying to find our spot in life.
We put our piece into a spot and then we get all worried about what people will think of us if we stay in this spot.
We want to please them right? So we decide that it’s not the perfect spot so we jump into another spot. We never seem to be able to land and find our spot, or figure out who we really are.
3. The “HOLD ON TIGHT” piece of the puzzle. This is the piece that sometimes we don’t even want to look at. Many times it’s the hardest piece to break or cut into the right shape.
It’s those unhealthy habits we have adopted and those limiting beliefs we have internalized. It’s those areas of resentment we are holding onto.
4. The “IN SYNC” piece of the puzzle. When we choose to let go, accept change, and allow God to cut the piece into the size and shape that He wants, we find freedom and our life flows.
We can trust that all the puzzle pieces of our life fit together into the perfect spots in His plan.
I heard a quote not long ago that I LOVE! It’s by Francis Chan. Perhaps it will encourage you. “God created you and placed you in this time for His purposes.”
Guess what? You fit! You have a purpose and a spot or many spots to fill along your life’s journey. When we each put our purpose into place we build the puzzle together and create something beautiful.
Till next time,