E is just now understanding the concept of puzzles. She has a couple now that once they are completed make pictures. For the longest time the puzzles that E worked were just objects that fit in the same object size space. You know, like the cut out of a dog that fit in a dog shaped hole. Simple puzzles.
Now E is moving into more complex puzzles. They have multiple pieces and come in your standard puzzle piece shape. For an adult they require little concentration, but I can only imagine the complexity when viewed from a 2 year old perspective. We have to encourage her quite a bit. She is a drama queen, my E. Normally puzzles reduce her to a puddle on the floor exclaiming, “But I can’t do it! I can’t” We just love on her, and help her finish the puzzle, telling her about all the puzzles she’s finished before. We tell her she can, and that we’ll help. The puzzle, regardless of a meltdown, still gets finished.
In our Christian walk I think the puzzles start out pretty simple. Now don’t get me wrong, they are difficult to us, but straightforward. We see the piece, we see where it goes, and we try to make it fit. If we’re lucky, we have Godly council to advise us where to put pieces. Overtime, we get really good at putting obvious pieces where they go. The Bible tells us about these pieces. Sometimes we mistake these pieces for RULES, but really they are just the secret to a beautiful picture.
Then, just when we think we have things together, we’re lucky enough to move up a notch. You know: the complicated puzzles where you have to put the border together just to see where to start. At certain times in my own life the pieces just haven’t fit together. I know that if you’re reading this you’ve had times like that too. How do I know? Because if you’re reading this, you’re breathing. All of us feel at some time or another that things just aren’t working out; that things just aren’t making sense. Its like we have a puzzle in front of us and we don’t know where to begin. Its time like those that the enemy would really like to get us to sit down, melt into a puddle, and exclaim, “I CAN’T!”. He wants us to forget about the puzzles we’ve worked in the past. The ones that seemed too big. The ones that when we finished made beautiful pictures.
So how do we work the puzzles? Well first, we start with the border. In the puzzles of our life, God is the border. Make sure he is in the right place, and He’ll hold you and make sure the pieces fit. Then start placing the obvious pieces where they go. You know you can put these pieces in place, you’ve done it before. Then, be faithful. Days and months might pass without solving another piece, but you need to remember you’re waiting; waiting to put the pieces in the RIGHT place. It takes time, but one day, you’ll look back, and you’ll see. You’ll see that overtime God has made a picture that brings Him glory, and you are part of it.