I enjoy a nice jigsaw puzzle. Trying to save a little money, I will sometimes buy a previously used one at a thrift store. It’s a risk I know!
But I choose one with a more sophisticated, artistic design, something that not just anyone would choose. I assume the type of person who would buy it and put it together, would also be the kind of person who would take better care to make sure all the pieces remained together.
Many times my selection process is successful and after I finally get the puzzle put together, it will be 100% complete.
But sometimes, that is not the case. Have you ever put a puzzle together only to find that one or two pieces are missing? Isn’t it an awful feeling?!
There is no finale, no sense of accomplishment, no victory to show for all the time it took to finish it. What a total and utter waste of time!
I find that jigsaw puzzles and people share some common ground.
A human being is really an amazing creation! Physically, psychologically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, we are so complex and intricately designed! Each piece of us has its place and its order. There is a place designed for every piece, just like that jigsaw puzzle.
Every piece has its own position and place of belonging. No matter how hard you try, no other pieces are ever going to fit in that spot. Even if you can get it in there, it will still be the wrong color or design and will not ever be a perfect, factory-made, die-cut fit.
I believe that within each and every person, there is reserved a place in which only our creator, God himself, can fit. There is nothing else that can fit in that space. We can place other things in there, and they may appear to fit. It may even seem to appear pleasing to the eye, but there cannot be that ultimate victory or feeling of completion.
Haven’t you ever just felt like something is missing, and you look around and search for that missing piece that holds within it that much-needed peace? You just know it’s there, but you just haven’t found it yet.
We were created to have a relationship with the One who created us. It just makes sense that God, who used such care and thought in the designing of each individual cell of us, would leave a space within us, in which He can dwell, because He so much desires to walk every step of this life with us.
“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
Have you found your missing piece?
(Photo credit-Robin Abrams)