Trust on the Each Piece

After formally retiring from all of his business activities, my father spent his daily time with gardening and playing with his grandson. But now he has a new hobby. Now he really interested playing jigsaw puzzle. Few weeks ago he asked me to buy some jigsaw puzzle from small to the large size. Excitedly he could spend for hours patiently along with my mom or alone choosing piece by piece of jigsaw puzzle then putting it together to the frame until the picture of puzzle formed perfectly. Though I’m not too interested to play jigsaw puzzle, I love watching its process. We all know what picture we will get from a box of jigsaw puzzle. We also know how many pieces of each jigsaw puzzle, but to make the picture complete need long process.

Every time I see the process of making a jigsaw puzzle, I always think about life in this world especially as a Christ follower. A jigsaw puzzle is a very good example to depict the parts of our lives. We live this life piece by piece, begin when we were in the wombs, then we were born, growing up, and become a mature. It’s called a life process and in that process, at times in one moment, period or the pieces of our life, beside happy things we have to experience and feel many unpleasant or even painful things. We may have to suffer because having big problems, maybe we should be mourning caused loss someone we love. When my father putting a piece of puzzle, he sometimes made mistakes or my son, Andrew, messed it up, and have to start all over again, so it’s with our lives, maybe there’s a part we have failed, whether in career, marriage, family, and many other aspect of life and we have to rise from the failure and start again from the beginning. All of it is parts of plan and grand design of God to us.

One similarity between the jigsaw puzzle and our lives is, both has own design and there’s a process in it. The difference is we already know for sure the design of the jigsaw puzzle but we often pretty hard to know what God’s plan to us is and what the grand design for the whole of our lives. Isn’t become a problem when our lives always running well but become a problem when we’re in difficult and unpleasant situation. We will start to ask God why we should to have all unpleasant things, we will begin to complain to God why have to suffer and why should to fail. Is this a part of God’s plan? What God actually wants?

Once again there’s a process completing a jigsaw puzzle and in the process is our own decision to choose each piece of puzzle to put it on the frame based on our own understanding or follow the provided tips and trick. Once we made a mistake then the main design will not formed perfectly. As well as the process of our live, as a human we are totally free to make and choose a decision to assemble each part of our lives. The question is, when we have to make decision and choice, to whom should we must rely and trust?  Whether we lean and trust on our own understanding, conviction, and ability or we totally surrender to God, completely trust in Him, and make God’s word as a great guide?

Dear readers, the process that we live isn’t an instant process but long process where there are times we have to cry, there’re times we’ve to suffer, there are moments we’ve to fail, and in the process of assembling all pieces of our lives, we cannot fathom God’s work, we cannot understand what God’s purpose is, we cannot even understand why we should have hard season in a process because our way is not God’s way, our thought isn’t His thought. God’s position is much higher than us.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:9)

So, what should we do? There’s no other way besides handing over all the processes of our lives to God, doesn’t lean on our own strength, and trust completely in God. God’s word very firmly said:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding”  (Proverbs 3:5)

 Here, our faith plays important role.  Faith will enabled us to know and trust no matter how difficult the process, no matter how many tears, no matter how many times we failed, God’s plan and purpose is always beautiful as He has promised that:

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

(Ecclesiastes 3:11)

 When the beautiful time comes?  Next week?  One year later? How long we have to wait? Well, we don’t know when and how long we have to wait for. Maybe need tens of years like the Israelites wandered in the wilderness. Maybe like Joseph who experienced suffering and injustice for 20 years before he became ruler of Egypt. Or maybe like Noah who struggled more than 100 years to build an ark as God command. We don’t know, my dear friend. There’s nothing happens instantly. All need process and through process we live, God actually guiding us until we’re ready to see His beautiful plans. In time we will rejoice to see His beautiful plan that has been conceptualized flawlessly. Moreover, through uncertainty, confusing and hard time, failure, and all unpleasant things in our life, actually God has a purpose in order that we getting closer to Him day by day and our faith grow stronger. Eventually by faith that sees the invisible, believe the unbelievable, and receive the impossible*, we are able to really trust that God’s plan are always beautiful as He said to us:

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

My beloved friends, we are currently assembling piece by piece puzzle of our lives and we cannot skip one of it. Each piece has its own place. Maybe this time we cannot see the final result the grand design of our lives. We cannot know the end of our journey; we cannot know the ending of our story. Our life isn’t like reading a story book where we can easily flipping to the last page so we could know the ending of the story or simply choosing the certain chapter that we like. We must live each chapter of our live in complete.

We cannot figure out what tomorrow will bring and what lies ahead. What we can do is, by strong faith put each piece of our life to God. Believe that every single piece of our lives is parts of God’s grand design, still being sensitive to hear God’s voice, remain faithfully follow His guide step by step, though we will have difficult time and even painful, keep trust that God is always with us as He promise  to us:

“… I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

We don’t have to worry about our future. If God finally gave the Israelites Promise Land after long and hard journey in the desert, If thousands years ago God finally made Joseph as the greatest man in his era after facing hard times due to the ruthless betrayal did by his family, if God finally saved Noah from the flood, it all will also happens to our live now. If our lives seems too difficult to face, if our puzzle of life seems so mess and formless, please don’t worry and strongly believe God will not let us alone. He said to us: “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”(Hebrews 13:5)  Don’t ever lose of hope because God is source hope and He gives us hope (Psalm 62:5, 1 Timothy 1:1) We have to trust that each piece of our lives designed by God and become a part of His great plan for our lives, and at the end, our puzzle slowly but sure will be revealed, the jigsaw puzzle of our lives will be complete, and we can see the beautiful grand ‘Image” designed by God remarkably. Amen

Note:

This post was inspired by a wonderful post “How Will My Story End?” Wrote by my beloved blog friend Anna Bachinsky  Please kindly visit her awesome blog and read her wonderful posts. Thank you for your inspiring post, dear Anna.

Karina – Living by faith

*Faith quote by Corrie ten Boom

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56 thoughts on “Trust on the Each Piece

    • Dear, pastor Lester..
      It’s a great honor to me you stopped by to my blog and read my post. Thank you very much, pastor. I love your blog posts. can learn many things from your posts. God bless and have a blessed week.

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  1. What a great post–true to life and filled with hope no matter how mixed up the puzzle gets. Very encouraging, especially at this time of my life. Thank you, Sister Karina!
    Elouise

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  3. Loved the article Sister K!!! Read it on Brother Bruce Mills site and had to comment! —-
    “I’ve had many an inspirational thought while taking my time with a jigsaw puzzle, both the “real” hands on ones or the digital version. They allow me to do something with my time but also to dwell on things of the Lord, allowing His Holy Spirit to speak to me in that “still small voice” as it were. I have written a couple articles of how they also are a good analogy of the Body of Christ coming together as a unit in God’s overall plan for His Church!”
    Told him I had to come by and let you know how it blessed me! God bless Sis for another inspirational and uplifting article!!!! — Pastor Roland Ledoux \0/

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  5. Dear Karina,
    You have no idea how much this means to me. The jigsaw puzzle of our lives, not knowing where it’s all going to end, or how things are going to sort out in days, weeks or months time, these are the most baffling parts of our journey. But, there’s always an environment or a space where God invites us to see how loving and caring he is to fill us with hope and recognize that he’s able to guide us through the process of growing in our lives. He’s so concerned about guiding us bit-by-bit, lovingly encouraging us to not fight his hands in our lives but let him do the leading, because he’s more concerned about the process than the product, knowing we ain’t there yet. For we can’t become the product without he taking us through the process.

    Thank you, Karina!

    Sam.

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    • Dear, brother in Christ Samuel..
      You are welcome 🙂 I thank you very much for you lovely and insightful response on my post. It is all about​ the process in our lives. We don’t even know how long our “jigsaw puzzle” will totally complete. We just know that with God’s lead in its time everyt will be beautiful 🙂 Once again thank you very much for your response..it means so much to me. God bless.

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    • Dear, Sister Anna
      Thank you very much,sis 🙂 Yes, patience is so difficult but we must be. Because God said to us: Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. (James 5:7) Once again thank you and God bless.

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    • Dear, sister in Christ Daylerogers
      Thank you very much for your compliment 🙂 I am just an ordinary girl who really love God and always need Him in every step of my life. Once again thank you and God bless you, sister.

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  6. Karina, I’m glad to see and hear that your dear dad is well enough to be gardening and working on puzzles etc. Thank you for the reminder that our life may look messy at times, but the puzzle is a work in progress. God will complete it; it will be beautiful.
    Blessings ~ Wendy

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    • Dear, sister Wendy.
      Thank you very much,sis:) I grateful to God He heals my father amazingly through a long process and now he enjoying his old days. Yes I do agree with you. Though our lives looks so difficult but that is a part of piece of our lives puzzle and need progress on it. Once again thank you very much for you lovely and warm comment,sis. God bless.

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  7. … It’s a process… Eventually by faith that sees the invisible, believe the unbelievable, and receive the impossible*,… So much to highlight from the post… Thanks Sister, God Bless.

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  8. Hi my dear! So glad to hear from you. I owe you an apology, sis. I haven’t been visiting your blog as I have had several doctor appts. what with my back issues. I now have another problem I’m dealing with in addition to the back which requires more appointments! My jig saw puzzle is complicated right now. 😦

    I am glad to hear your father is taking time to enjoy these puzzles and his grandson! He sounds like he is getting much better! I’m sure you are taking a lot of pressure off of him right now handling his business affairs. Hope all is well with you, Karin!

    Take care and visit my blog as you have time…I know you have many readers to follow!

    Brother Steve 🙂

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    • Dear, brother.
      You don’t need to say sorry,brother 🙂 I will take you into my prayer especially about your back issues. My God use the doctor to heal you. Yes my father is getting better day by day but he still under control of doctors. I am grateful to God for my father’s health condition. I am regularly visit your blog and read your posts 🙂 Thank you, brother. Have a nice week. God Bless.

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      • I can always count on you for a beautiful reply, Karin! Thank you for your understanding. I am glad things are progressing well with your father and hope he will make a full recovery. Will you still be running the business affairs when he is recovered? I will try to get back to your blog on a regular basis, but I may not be blogging too much longer. I’m just getting behind too often and want to possibly try something new. It was good to hear from you, sis, and you have a super evening and day to follow…

        May the Lord love and keep you and yours!

        Steve

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        • Hello,brother
          I will still running my dad’s business because he already took retirement from all of business activities. I officially take over his business 🙂 Thank you,brother. God bless and have a nice day.

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          • That’s great, Karin! May the Lord bless you and your family in all things of life! Have a great evening and day tomorrow.

            🙂

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    • Dear, sister in Christ Jane..
      What a great thought of you on my post. May I add your lovely thought to my post and I put your name there? Let my me know if you agree. Thank you very much for visiting and reading, sister. God bless.

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  9. Thank you Karina for this post 🙂 I love puzzles! Sometimes it’s hard to surrender each piece of our lives to God or fail and have to start over, but you are right that faith is important. It’s also hard not to want to know what the completed picture looks like, yet the end result is not truly complete until we’ve experienced the journey. This is where we gain wisdom, understanding, faith, etc. Thank you for such an important reminder!

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    • Hello my dear friend, Lauren.
      Your are welcome 🙂 Yes you are so true sometime we could not be patience to want to know the complete of our life picture and it will made us use our own way not God’s way. By the way, how are you there? Hope and pray everything is doing well with you. I am on a business trip in Paris also take a short holiday with family. I am so sorry cannot email you for a while. Thank you very much for your lovely comment. God Bless.

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