I dropped in to see my parents the other day and Mom showed me the puzzle she was working on. She commented on it being a very difficult one and expressed her frustration at not being able – after considerable concentrated effort- to connect the last pieces of the side borders and there were no more edge pieces.
I sat down and looked at them….exchanged the position of a few pieces and voila! The borders were intact. Mom expressed her relief at seeing the pieces correctly fitted together, enabling her to keep building, her focus shifting to the other pieces that could now find their places.
One puzzle piece .. missing or misplaced… no matter how small or insignificant in itself... can stop, hinder, or confuse the whole puzzling process .
I just finished a book (review coming) in which the author made a comment in the last pages .. He said.. “ No one has ever lived the same life as you and that is one of the things that makes your ‘puzzle piece’ extraordinary."
You are a valuable piece, created to be one piece in God’s puzzle of His divine purposes. You cannot be replaced.
You are uniquely gifted , positioned by divine direction, and enabled to fulfill your pre-designed purpose!
But how often do you wonder, as do I , “Me ? what can I do that would ever make a difference?”
In the photo above, which piece did you notice ? The Yellow one? Why?
Did you stop to realize that that piece is just as mundane , just as ordinary as all the other pieces? It is just one of many that would be lost in the shuffle..except for the fact that it stands out!!
What made it stand out? It was purposely turned to catch the light .. and the reflected light turned it to gold !
We may not be able to change where we are put in life’s shuffle but we CAN turn so that we reflect the Light of the world.
It is, as we allow Jesus in us, to shine through us that we stand out and cause even the mundane duties of ordinary days to be something special in the hand and purposes of God.
Mat 13:43 "Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"
(photo courtesy SFB579's photostream )