I’ve never been that good with puzzles.
The whole idea of tirelessly searching through a pile of jumbled shapes and colors to find just the right one for just the right spot requires far more discipline and patience than I could ever muster.
I guess you could say that in my “fun stack” putting together puzzles ranks somewhere just above taking a bath in a tub full of scissors and a shade below my enjoyment of a trip to the dentist.
This morning the LORD showed me a behavior that I have repeated throughout my lifetime.
In my frustration with the puzzle that we call life, I have taken to the scissors and the glue. I’ve shaved off a bit of this piece and lopped off half of another. I’ve been gluing, taping and mashing things together.
Yet what lies before me looks nothing like the box! My little god-choices and world-bound mind were creating a mess that even an impressionist would call, rubbish.
The only piece that fits in my heart is Jesus.
Without Him filling that hole in my innermost being, I am constantly searching for something where nothing else fits.
As I have received the LORD’s prescription over my life, I have been the recipient of revelation and impartation.
Jesus has revealed to me my deep need for Him, along with the behaviors and mindsets I take on when I am not filling myself with Him.
There is a part of me He revealed. It is a part of me I never understood and while I constantly battled with it, I always seemed to lose.
I reached a place where I believed I would battle with it for life. I won’t go into the specifics but that time will come.
What’s more, as was apparent to me was that He was enabling me to walk in victory in this same area from the moment I truly surrendered it to Him.
This very place which has been an inward source of shame has been transformed into my boast in Christ by His victory through me.
The place which I had allowed to be filled with all the wrong things was now filled with Him.
It was as though a light switch was tripped and inky blackness was suddenly transformed by a 1,000 watt bulb!
Over the coming days and weeks, I will be continuing to share my journey as I respond to God’s prescription to turn off the TV, the cell phone and the myriad of other distractions that keep me from Him in favor of a pursuit out of earnest as though my life depended upon it… because it does.
While I could share more today, I don’t know that you would read anymore! Facebook is such a two sentence culture!
Well, I’ve got something to say and it “ain’t gonna” fit into two sentences! If you are blessed by what you have read, know that others will be as well, so please share! God bless you truly.
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers,” 3 John 1:2.
~ Mitch Salmon