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March 27, 2004

Life is a Puzzle

I have found my Christian walk to be like a 5000 piece jigsaw puzzle.

When I was younger, I had part of the puzzle together, and I knew the picture was an ocean scene. A few years and a few pieces of the puzzle later, I see the green of the sea is really trees. A few more pieces in place, and things seem so much clearer--but now I know that I'm not going to really understand "the big picture" until I'm done.

That's what my walk with the Lord has been like, in some ways. Not that I was "wrong" when I was younger--I just saw only a small part of the puzzle of the life God has given us. The pieces I had led me to emphasize one thing or another. Sometimes I did have pieces in the wrong place.

I am sure I don't really understand it all, but I am assured that God is faithfully revealing Himself to me.

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What a beautiful analogy. :)

Posted by: Michelle at March 28, 2004 02:01 AM

i agree - this is wonderful.
i have always said that faith is not like a game of monopoly. that when we first become Christians, we tend to want to play it that way - to pass go and collect our 200$ and then to hop around, seeing how much we owe or earn on each little square.

but - i have never had a viable alternative. i love the puzzle image.

Posted by: amy at March 28, 2004 07:11 PM

Thanks. *Grin* It's helped me understand my growth and change, without undermining the trueness of my faith when I was younger.

Posted by: TulipGirl at March 29, 2004 11:07 PM

Yes, great analogy. Except when I was young, it was a 100 piece puzzle. As a teen, it grew to 1000 pieces.

Now at 35, I've figured out at least 75-80 pieces, but I'm also fairly confident that my current estimation of a possible 10,000 pieces is an order of magnitude too low.

Posted by: King of Fools at March 30, 2004 03:28 AM


 
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