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Puzzle Pieces
By Cheryl O'Loughlin

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
(Romans 8:28 KJV)


God has a purpose for us. Imagine that! Before we were, He planned exactly what we are supposed to do for Him in this life.

What do we do when our lives get in the way of His plan? What happens when we take detours that fill our lives with sin, sorrow, and confusion? We waste years going through the motions, trying to accomplish things in our own power and never able to experience God's victory in our lives. We feel defeated and hopeless--but, God, through His mercy and grace, will raise us up.

God has met me where I am spiritually, and He has taught me so many truths through the unique way in which I gain understanding. Before I am able to verbalize what God wants me to understand, I usually create some kind of a picture.

One day, I sat down at my kitchen table with my art supplies, and I drew a simple trophy. This represented my destiny. Then I drew several puzzle pieces on this trophy and cut them out. On each puzzle piece I wrote a word that represented either the sin in my life, something I have received from God through grace, my positive reactions towards God's love and grace, or the gifts I have received from God. For example, I used the words disobedience, salvation, trust and writing. Then I took all those disconnected puzzle pieces and fit them together to form the trophy--my destiny.

Life is a bunch of disconnected puzzle pieces which have our past, present and future on them. One day, when it is time, all the puzzle pieces are going to fit together and form God's plan for us--our destiny. Destiny is the state of a person in the future, resulting from past events, which cannot be influenced or changed by man.

You see, each of those puzzle pieces--the good, the bad, and the ugly--are necessary. God can't use us if we haven't experienced His forgiveness, mercy, grace, healing, and restoration in our lives.

Prayer ....

Thank you, Lord, for all the events of my life--the good events, the bad events, and even the ugly ones. Some of the events that took place in my life were not what you had originally planned. But You love me so much, that You cause them all to work for Your purpose. Continue to teach me, show much, correct me, and love me, so that I can be that perfect vessel for You. Amen.

Reflection ....

Do you question why? Why did this happen to me? Why did I do that? How can God use me now?

I challenge you to do as I did; draw, cut out, label, and fit your puzzle pieces together to form your destiny. Keep seeking God's will in your life, and He will reveal your destiny to you one day.

If you would like to contact Cheryl, you can do so through the Letters page of this magazine.