This past weekend I was given an early Christmas present- a Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone PUZZLE! I was absolutely delighted and began working on it as quickly as I could- obviously! 😉
My stress level has been through the roof lately so I was excited to have something to do that was ‘productive’ but relaxing.
As I began to get lost in the world of puzzling while humming “Hedwig’s Theme” to myself, the Lord began to speak to me.
There were several times that I would pick up a piece of my puzzle and think, “I know EXACTLY where this one must go!” and try and fit it right where I had an open space. Much to my surprise- I was wrong several times! And several times, I wanted to just shove it into the space and make it fit.
Other times, I would put a piece down, and it would fit and I would move on only to realize later that although it fit, it was not the perfect fit. It looked okay and the parts lined up, but it messed up the rest of the puzzle.
I got to the point a few times where I would pick up a piece that looked like maybe it was from another puz
zle and think about not even trying to get it to fit only to find that when I took the ‘risk’ of placing it somewhere- it was a perfect match.
The Lord, who loves to use the funniest things to teach us, nudged me in these moments. He showed me that this puzzle was much like my life, except I don’t have a picture to
help me figure out where all the pieces go- HE DOES.
So often, I feel a need, a missing piece, in my life and I search and search to try to figure out what goes there. Often times, I think I find something that looks and even feels like the right fit and I try to cram it and shove it around to make it be what I was looking for… but it just isn’t.
Other times, it fits just fine… but it isn’t the best fit for my life and it will affect the rest of my life in a way that it should not.
And then there are times when something comes along that doesn’t seem right at all or doesn’t seem like it’s worth the risk but if we don’t take the risk we could be missing out on the absolute best fit for us.
Wether the missing piece is a job, a spouse, an apartment, a university, or whatever it may be- wait for God’s best.
Don’t try to make something work that clearly isn’t meant for you.
Don’t be deceived by things that seem to be good but aren’t His best.
And don’t let past ‘failure’ or ‘rejection’ stop you from continually seeking out His best.
He has something for you that will make everything line up in ways that you can’t imagine right now! He knows what the puzzle will look like in the end and how it will
all fit together- perfectly.
Hold on to that while you’re in the waiting.
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts and my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. Or just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:8-9