Thursday, January 28, 2016

Fitting the Pieces Together

Winter is often a good time to set up a card table and work on a jigsaw puzzle. My sisters do this and often exchange puzzles with each other for a little variety in their pass time. There are different ways to go about putting the puzzle together. Some start with the straightedged pieces first. Some work on gathering all the pieces of a certain color and work on a specific part of the puzzle. There are many ways to put together a puzzle but the goal is always the same: to complete the picture using all the pieces.

Life is like a puzzle. The pieces are spread before us and we work with the pieces, slowly creating a unique picture, unlike anyone else's. Certain areas of the puzzle require extra effort and seem to never be quite finished. Others fit together quickly and are complete so we move on to something else. Some areas we keep going back to, trying to find the right pieces.

Throughout the Old Testament we are given parts of the story of Jesus Christ our Savior. The prophecies foretell the events of Jesus' life and the New Testament documents the way his life fulfilled all that was predicted. The Bible works a lot like a jigsaw puzzle. We read scriptures and process them and the more we learn, the easier the pieces seem to fit together. Even though some prophecies remain to be revealed, we begin to understand how in the end everything fits together.

"And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit" (2 Peter 1:19-21 NIV).

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