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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Puzzles

The kids have been into doing puzzles lately. I love how the Father speaks through the things of your life . . . to teach you, to lead you, to guide you and to remind you how much He loves you.

My life: your puzzle, your pieces, your timing. In a conversation with my Mom, those words came out of my mouth before I could even process them. I knew the Holy Spirit was trying to speak something to me. And it does seem as is my life is a puzzle; one that from my point of view looks like . . . a big unorganized mess. But You Lord, are putting it together, You hold the pieces, You know when and where each piece goes. You know what it looks like when it is finished and the beauty of a picture uncomparable to any other.

As a child needs help with a difficult puzzle, You show me how a certain piece can fit here or maybe there. As a child must hold the finished product in front of them, You show me how I must hold You and the wholeness of my life in You, in front of me always or I will get off course, the puzzle will not be complete. A friend introduced me to a song called "Broken Things" the other day and how the words of the chorus resonate: "You can have my life . . . So I give these pieces all to you . . . If you want it you can have . . . My heart." So, where else can I turn but to the love of God? And that is what I am doing for today, turning my heart back to His love, knowing He holds me and restores me . . . whether my heart is broken, confused, frustrated, or lost.

And this is what He does - He reminds me that He loves me. A "Godwink" as my neighbor says. I was searching for the perfect photo to go with this story last night and couldn't find. "Don't settle for something that not's the perfect fit. Look again tomorrow." Thought I was talking to myself, but one search today and there it is . . . a butterfly, heart-shaped puzzle. In case you didn't know, butterflies have a special meaning to me - it was one of the first ways I heard God speak to me through nature. Something so minute in the grand scheme of things - but He lets me know He loves me in finding this photo.

Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup, you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. I will praise the Lord who counsels me, even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:5-8

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