My daughter Renee and I love puzzles – the more pieces the better. We could spend hours turning, twisting, hunting, separating, sorting and strategizing so that in the end the picture comes together. The greater the challenge, the more we enjoy the puzzle and one another. Once we even turned a 1000 piece puzzle upside down and put it together!
Recently, Renee and I put together the Taj Mahal with 1500 pieces; only, when we came to the end, we realized we had 1,499 pieces. The piece dead center was missing.
“Check your clothes,” I instructed her while crawling under the table where we’d been sitting.
“Maybe it got stuck to our shoes,” Renee suggested. “Where all have you walked in the house?”
I retraced my steps. She retraced hers. Connie thought it could be in the sofa or possibly the vacuum sucked it up earlier. Could it be on the dog?
My neighbor stopped by. Once, he and his wife found a puzzle piece in the sugar. Renee jumped up. “I made tea earlier,” she remembered and ran to the closed sugar container on the counter.
After several hours, exhausted, irritated, and ready to quit, Renee and I fell back on the sofa. “All that work,” she whispered.
I felt a sermon brewing in my spirit. Isn’t that missing puzzle piece like life? Psalm 127:1-2 says, “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat- for He grants sleep to those He loves.”
How many of us are putting together a master plan for our lives and find our center piece is missing? Without God, there is no direction. Without God, there is no completion. Without God, we work for nothing.
“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9.
I imagine God looking down on our plans, whispering, “Hey Mike! Hey Renee! Look up. I can complete your puzzle. I can direct your steps. Just look up at me.”
Today, turn your plans over to Him. Give God the reins of your life. Unless He is the purpose for which we do what we do, there is no point in doing it at all.