I think I mentioned previously that I’ve been working on jigsaw puzzles? Ah, yes I did, in my last post. Oh, and that puzzle I was working on at the time?
The one I didn’t think would be so difficult turned out to be quite difficult. Funny, now that I look at the photo I took of it after I finished it, I like it so much more. However,
Oh, that’s really a blurry photo, but you can indeed see it was missing a piece. It’s new, in that I got it last year and hadn’t opened the box until recently when I put it together. Do you know how frustrating it is to work at finding a piece of puzzle that’s missing? When I hit the white blooms on the trees, I so wanted to give up on the puzzle. I must have mentioned giving up a zillion times. At the same time, I’d say but I don’t want to lose to it! So, I kept on working on the puzzle, even though finding pieces by style and size is not my favorite part of a puzzle. Even though this one had lots of similar little lines everywhere that made it tough to put together from the beginning. Even though it was missing a piece, I didn’t give up.
When I finished this puzzle, the pieces fit together so well that it folded. I had to literally pull sheets of the puzzle off to put it away. Notice I put away sheets of it and didn’t disassemble it.
I’ve been working on another jigsaw puzzle, another one I thought would be easier. It’s very old. Even though I don’t remember putting it together, I knew it has missing pieces. It once belonged to my maternal grandmother. I’m not even sure how I came to own it. I’ve had it for years. The box has been taped together forever. I seem to remember I gave up on putting it together because it has missing pieces. However, I don’t remember when that was. Years ago, I’m sure. Here it is a few days ago:
That one piece down in the right corner is one that I vaguely recalled as missing. I think one of those gaps you see elsewhere has been filled, but it is definitely missing some pieces. Oh, and I see I have pieces of cookies there with my hot chocolate. Mmmm. I’ve been working on the redundant color pieces. Oh how tedious it is to look for shapes and sizes when you can barely determine the color differences of a piece. However, as usual, as I work on the puzzle, things I couldn’t see in color variations begin to materialize. Amazing.
That’s how it is when studying God’s Word. Sometimes I don’t have all the pieces. Sometimes, pieces don’t look like they’ll go together. Sometimes, I find a stray piece of another puzzle in the wrong puzzle box. It is so important to qualify everything against God’s Word and watch out for the opinion of man. Man’s opinions create denominations based on things they might believe, be comfortable or uncomfortable with in God’s Word. The purpose of God’s written Word? To get to know Him better through it.
Have I been so long with you, and yet hast thou not known me? John 14:9
These words are not spoken as a rebuke…[t]he last One with whom we get intimate is Jesus. …The whole discipline of life is to enable us to enter into this closest relationship with Jesus Christ. We receive His blessings and know His word, but do we know Him?”
Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
January 7th, Page 5
Pieces of the puzzle?