Psalm 139:13 (NIV)
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
My wife loves to do jigsaw puzzles so a few years back I built her a jigsaw puzzle table complete with slide our shelves to help sort the pieces. She can spend many enjoyable hours placing those many pieces together to form a picture. As she opens the box you can see a guarantee that says all the pieces are in the box… no need to worry if any were missing. She first dumps the contents of the box on the table and is ready for the fun to begin! First came the corner pieces- a snap to find. Then the border was placed together…no problem- straight edges were easy to fit together. Next I had to sort by color, and the process became more complex.
As the process unfolds she glances at the picture on the box cover showing what the finished project will look like. Some pieces fit easily together, but others did not. Sometimes she tries to jam one puzzle piece into another.. just knowing it was the one that belonged there... but then realizing it was in the wrong place. There was no fit. She worked for a long time on her puzzle, with some help from family members. Sometimes the progress was fast and other times it was very slow. Sometimes long breaks were taken after all life doesn’t just stop for the puzzle. Sometimes she or another family member would be drawn to the table and look at the progress, and take a moment or maybe much longer, to fit a piece or two into place. The picture began to become clear… and finally it was time to put that last piece into place. How everybody enjoyed the completed work..
People are like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle in a box. When we arrive, all the components for our entire life are wrapped up in the package of our little bodies. Some of the pieces of life will fall easily into place - like the corners and borders of the puzzle. Other pieces will not fit too easily.. we may have to struggle to find the proper way for them to fit. Sometimes we even try to jam pieces of our life together, trying to make them fit the way WE think they should. But God had the master plan of our lives all in that box before we were ever dumped into the world. He knew us even as we were in our mother's womb, and He knew what the finished picture of our life would look like. He never takes His eyes off us, and He lovingly takes the pieces of our lives and fits them into place. The grand finale is when that last piece is put into place… that is when we have gone home to be with the Lord, and we are completed. The earthly picture is over, and the spirit is radiating in Jesus’ fullness, having been made whole, beautiful and pure, just like Him.
Dear Lord, we pray that You will grant to the people of our nation the will to do good, to flee from evil, and to practice all righteousness, making us respectful of life and sharers of Your blessings, caring for one another in mercy and truth. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.