Do you ever feel like you have one or two of the puzzle pieces but the majority of the puzzle is incomplete? This feeling often occurs when we ponder our futures. We question which step or direction to take on our journey. We may also wonder if we need to stay put and wait for more confirmation to move.
Prayer about what direction God wants us to move is always right and good. He is faithful to confirm things so we must be careful not to run ahead of His plan for us. I really understand why they say patience is a virtue!
There have been several times in my life when I felt pressed by God to take a big step out in faith by moving forward. Sometimes the direction was clear but the purpose was hidden. With time, things do fall into place, if we are allowing God to lead and direct our steps. Puzzle pieces will suddenly appear out of nowhere and we will make out part of the image or plan in our puzzle.
There are other times when we hold puzzle pieces about people and situations that have confused us. It is hard to understand why a situation occurred or we donít know why we are alone. We question why our dreams havenít been fulfilled and why our soul mate hasnít showed up. Bewilderment is an understatement.
We walk around with the pieces of our lives trying to fit them into other pieces that just donít have the correct design to work with our part.
Some people hold puzzle pieces that we desperately want to fit into our sections. If they donít fit we try to make them fit. Unfortunately, when we try to force something to work that is outside of Godís plan, trouble will follow.
What does your present puzzle from God look like? Is it pretty filled in and complete or are there a lot of missing puzzle pieces? Do you find there are big gaps in your picture? Are you trying to force some sections together? Is it working for you or do you need to back off and let God bring the pieces to you? I pray God leads the people He wants for you to know into your life. May the desires of your heart be fulfilled but in the meantime, I hope you practice the virtue of patience.
In JEREMIAH 1:5, God says ďBefore I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.Ē This is rather surprising. God knew Jeremiah before he was born. It follows that God knows all of us even before we are born.
JEREMIAH 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,Ē declares the Lord, ďplans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.