A Jigsaw Puzzle

Those of you who know me may not be surprised by this title.  I have always loved a jigsaw puzzle and still enjoy struggling over them these days.  However, at this time in my life I have learned how best to deal with them even though they are still somewhat of a challenge.  Hopefully, that is how most of us feel about life; as we have grown we have learned how to deal with some of life’s most distressing problems.  And yet, there are always new situations which mean we have to readjust our methods before we can move forward.  But move we must and that is where we often begin to grow.  Our Father didn’t create us with all knowledge, but He did provide us with the opportunities for growth and success.  Often knowing there is a solution we will put forth a little extra effort in order that we can prove ourselves to be at least a little bit smart.

However, being smart also results in accepting that there is someone with more intelligence who just happens to love His children and is always both ready and willing to become involved in our lives if we will just let Him.  I wonder why if often takes so long to accept this truth and then to allow His companionship and help.  We surely can be stubborn at times. 

One the first things we will learn and always remember is that God’s Word tells us that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).  That is as good as it will ever get and the starting point for us to go forward to a successful and blessed life.  I wonder why it works for some and not for others, but you will also remember that some of the first words out of a young child’s mouth will be “I can do it myself”.  Some will finally come to the realization that they cannot, but some will stubbornly resist and find the hard way that life is not that easy.

At what point does trust become a reality?  How many times must we fail before we finally give up and accept the help we will always need?  We find some things that are not only necessary but practical such as learning to count from one to ten and we accept the fact and move on.  I wonder why we can’t find the same importance in God’s Word.  Apparently our schools have not always considered what is the most important knowledge we need to possess.  I wonder why!

Even in the days before Jesus was born God, the Father, prepared the people through Zacharias, who was filled with the Holy Spirit.  His son, John, was to make the announcement to our world for all to hear – And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest; for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways, to give knowledge of salvation to His people by the remission of their sins (Luke 1:76-77).   

Sad to say, even with our knowledge, we continue to go through our days the same way as people of the past.  We have our lists and so many things to accomplish; we will get to the things that do not change later when we have time.  The result should be more than obvious to us all as we are constantly bombarded by our newspapers and TV’s with the aspects of the turmoil being engaged in by the various countries of this world in which we live.  We have not and never will be at peace until we are ready to accept the cost and sacrifice of the One who loves us more than life.  It is not too late yet, but it might well be soon.  Maybe we should begin to do some serious thinking before it is once again too late.

Do not love the world or the things in the world.  If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him…..the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever (1st John 2:15 & 17).

Kevin Harrison

WCBCS, 7459 S IH 35, Waco, TX, USA