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Life Is Like a Jigsaw Puzzle - #2

Ecclesiastes 7:14

(Continued from last week)

Some of the “pieces” of our lives are bright, lovely and filled with joy. Some “pieces” are dark, ugly and full of anguish. But according to our God, they are all necessary to shape us into the people that He wants us to be and that we need to be.

Peter is quite clear - our faith will be tested like gold being refined in the fire (1 Peter 1:6-7). Will our faith be found to be genuine? Are we steadfast in our love for the Lord? Do we persevere through our trials?

Someone has said that life is very much about how you handle plan B.

Someone else has said if you want the rainbow, you have to put up with the rain.

Life certainly isn’t all trouble and heartache. Thank the Lord! We have blessings abundant, especially the spiritual blessings which no man can take from us. But we can fail to see them, appreciate them, and cherish them. We should not be like the type of person whom I’ve encountered more than once. When I’ve remarked about the beautiful, sunny day we were enjoying, their response was: “Yeah, but it’s supposed to rain tomorrow.” Go figure.

Your life (mine, too) is being put together one “piece” at a time. As you grow older, you can begin to get a clearer picture of what God has been doing with you. However, I don’t believe we’ll have the entire picture until God shows it to us in the next life. What a glorious day that will be!

But while you’re still here, enjoy the blessings of God. Look for the good. Persevere through the adversities. Walk with the Lord. Rejoice in His goodness. Hold to His promises. And trust that one day you will see the beautiful picture of your life which you and He are putting together “piece by piece.”

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