May 14th 2010

The Puzzle Of Life

“Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along.  If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter.  He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans.  He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God.  That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”

Romans 8:26-28 (MSG) 

A picture of a beautiful butterfly caught my eye in the window of a shop.  As I walked closer I saw that each scale on its wings was a tiny picture in itself!  I was charmed by it and, philosophical as I am, I began to think that life is a bit like that—each experience that makes up our life is like a miniature picture and these all fit together to make us the way we are.  There are some dark and sombre, some painful and unpleasant experiences, that give us the contrast to make the bright, beautiful and colourful experiences all the more vibrant and striking in the picture that is our life.  They contribute to our distinctive character, values and talents. 

I personally believe that my Creator and loving God guides, provides, and allows certain events in order to enable my fullest potential and development; and that he can use even the most tragic and evil aspects of any life to produce a character of peace and beauty.  He turns all evil and destruction to good in the long run. 

With God’s Spirit guiding and leading us, we can ‘get it together’ and ‘pick up the pieces’ of our lives.  Paul in Philippians 1:6 (KJV) says, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”  He goes on to say that the trials, imprisonments and events that had happened to him would serve to further the gospel, and turn to his salvation.  And so it is for us as we read the reassuring words in the opening scripture above. 

We cannot know the things God has in store for us—it is one of life’s puzzles, but we can know the big picture—life eternal in the end (1 John 2:25).  We have a God that is truly great.  We are fearfully and wonderfully made in more ways than one! Let us worship Him in our lives as he puts us together and creates his masterpieces. 


Dear Father in heaven, life can be puzzling and at times seem to go to pieces, but you can turn the pieces over and put them back together.  Help us to trust you with the big picture.


Study by Nancy Silcox 

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