My seven-year-old son loves working with jigsaw puzzles. It’s an activity we both genuinely enjoy. He’s graduated from the 50- and 100-piece puzzles, so I purchased some larger ones for him for Christmas. I may have gone overboard with the 500-piece puzzle with repeating candy bars throughout. He was bored within minutes because of its difficulty.
My dad was in town at the time, so he and I took over the puzzle. The only proper way to begin is to turn all the pieces upright and find the edges, but as we did so, we realized this puzzle’s pieces were odd. We couldn’t always tell if a piece was an edge piece. Some pieces were very large, and some were tiny and thin.
We finished the puzzle in a few hours, over a couple of days. As I was taking it apart to put it away (after leaving it out for the proper amount of time for admiring, of course), I realized these puzzle pieces illustrated how I experience God’s will.We can see only the close-up view, but our gracious father has the whole masterpiece in mind. Click To Tweet One of my favorite passages warns us of this very thing: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5–6 NIV).
God reminds us that we cannot lean on our own understanding. But even if we comprehend his will, only he alone can make our paths straight.
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