Thursday, August 20, 2009

Life is a Puzzle

"Our life is like a huge puzzle. Every day, we are handed a new puzzle piece and at the end of that day, that piece fits into our life somehow, someway."

I received an email today about a 14 month old child who had accidentally been backed over with a car by her parent. She is fine and is on the road to recovery quickly. While I don't know the family, this quote was included in the letter describing what happened. The letter also went on to say how we are where we are by the choices we make in life. And the person had accepted Jesus Christ into her heart and that had forever changed her life. Her daughter's life was in God's hands, so she had to put her faith in Him.

I love the quote about our life being like a huge puzzle. Our life is made up of so many components and pieces in this world. We have our families, friends, children, jobs, hobbies, homes, cars, material possessions, and the list goes on and on. Every person in our life or that has influenced our life has molded us into the person we are today. Every place we have been, or place that we go to on a regular basis, or place that we call home has influenced the person we are today. Life is one huge puzzle; we do not know where the pieces will land, but with faith in the Lord, they will land where they are meant to be. With guidance from Him, we can put together the puzzle of our life and live it how we should!

Puzzle pieces come in all different types of shapes and sizes. I like to think of the center pieces of points in our life. The puzzle all has to fit together eventually and when those pieces are broken apart as individual pieces, they have holes or extra limbs that will connect to other pieces. So standing alone, they are individual little souls. But when you connect the surrounding pieces around them, they become joined together and make a straight and narrow path. The center puzzle pieces consist of holes and I believe those represent the hard times in our lives. Then you have the branches of the puzzle pieces and I believe those are our peaks and high points in life. But when you put the branches and the holes together, they fill up the gap. So without the hard times, we cannot come to the good times in life.

There are also 4 corner pieces on every puzzle. I think of the corner pieces as turning a corner or making a change in life. They are the changes in the path of life. The surrounding pieces to the corner piece signifies the circumstances around us that lead us to that change. Sometimes they are good, sometimes they aren't good, and sometimes they are unknown. But ultimately we have to go with what path we think the Lord wants us to go down. Sometimes it's not always the easiest thing to do, but it's what we have to follow.

The other part of the quote says we are handed a new puzzle piece everyday and it fits into our life somehow someway. Each day is a new beginning. We learn something new everyday; at least I do. Sometimes we meet a new person, get some news about something, try something new, go somewhere new, or just have a normal day. But we can always learn something from each day. Each day given to us is a blessing from the Lord and does add to our puzzle of life. That is a good way to describe life - a big puzzle. The mystery of life is sometimes exciting, sometimes haunting, and sometimes not what we expected it to be! But that's when we roll with it and continue to put our pieces of life together. No matter where the pieces of the puzzle fall, live each moment to the fullest extent and continue to pray for your guidance each and everyday!

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