A Photovotional — “A Piece of the Puzzle”
January 16, 2014
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I created the accompanying image of a missing piece to a puzzle to be a key illustration in the promotion of a novel I’ve written, Kathryn’s Fountain. Most of the story takes place in a majestic old house called Victorian Manor, an extended care facility.
One of the characters was inspired by a lady in our church, Alice, who was in an extended care facility and who put together hundreds of jigsaw puzzles. She was known as the puzzle lady. She would have her son glue the backs of the puzzles so they could be framed and given away.
I remember talking with Alice about how there’s nothing worse than finding that you’re missing one piece to a puzzle. Think about it, would you buy a puzzle on a garage sale that had a note attached, “One piece missing”? Each piece of a puzzle is crucial. If it’s a thousand piece puzzle it’s not complete if one of the thousand pieces is missing.
A key message of my novel, and here and now for us, is that each of us is a piece of the puzzle that makes up the big picture of God’s grand scheme of things. We each have our place to fill, our part to play. Each of us is of strategic importance to God, right where He has us in life. Each of our lives has a purpose to Him. No one else can live the life God’s called us to live.
The apostle Paul wrote, “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” (1 Corinthians 12:4-7)
Each of us who seeks to be God’s person is gifted by God to be a totally unique person so that our life can be a gift to others! Our uniqueness that makes us totally uncommon can contribute to the common good! So, find your place and fill your space!