Today’s Scripture: Revelation 5
I love doing puzzles, all sorts of puzzles! Not just those 3-D ones where, for example, you have to get a ring off some twisted structure by manipulating the parts, but also the traditional kind with many pieces that form a beautiful picture.
Puzzles take time, but my patience and perseverance are rewarded with the completed puzzle, revealing that beautiful picture I have been trying to put together. It is immensely satisfying, whether I do the puzzle on a table the old-fashioned way or electronically on my iPad, to insert that final missing piece! That final piece brings together the picture and makes it whole—as the picture on the box promised.
While I was reading Revelation 5 today, one verse particularly stood out to me:
Revelation 5:12 (NIV):
In a loud voice they were saying:
“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise!”
When Jesus fulfilled the prophecies by dying on the cross for our sins, the final puzzle piece was added to reveal a glorious picture. The picture of the worthy lamb, sacrificed by his Father in his love for us, sitting finally by his side. One cannot help but marvel at the beauty of that picture. And to feel at peace.
Living our lives is also not unlike trying to put together a beautiful puzzle. Each day we live, we add more pieces, thus gradually revealing the larger picture. Although, unlike those puzzles in a box, we do not know what the final picture will look like until it is truly finished—the moment when we take our last breath. It is up to us to find all the crucial missing pieces by following God’s guidance in our lives to reveal the picture he had planned for us all along. Searching for those pieces most certainly requires patience and perseverance. It requires closing our eyes and listening to God’s guidance as we reach out, trying to find the next piece.
I am feeling immensely blessed that I have found some very important puzzle pieces in my life so far. I have been blessed with two awesome daughters, who surprise me every day with the amazing people they are becoming. We will actually all get baptized together this August as the next step in our spiritual journeys, something which we all three are very excited about. I have also been blessed with a wonderful, kind-hearted significant other, who is just as curious about the world as I am and in whose company there is never a dull moment. And last but not least, I have an amazing, caring group of friends who keep me on the straight and narrow. There are some other areas where I am still looking for pieces, but the puzzle is coming together, slowly but surely. I am sure I will be amazed when I see the final picture one day.
What pieces of the puzzle are you still searching for in your life? What pieces have you been blessed with so far? How could you quiet your mind and heart so that you could better listen to God’s guidance to find the next crucial piece?
Make a list of three pieces of your life’s puzzle that you feel are still missing. Prioritize them in order of importance. Share your list with a fellow believer and talk about how you could go about finding them. Ask God for patience and perseverance in your search.
Dear Father, thank you so much for never ever letting me give up in my search for the crucial puzzle pieces that will fit into the beautiful picture you have planned for my life. Thank you for blessing me with patience and perseverance during times that I wanted to give up. Thank you for walking beside me, hand in hand, during my search. I have no words that can truly express my gratefulness for the pieces I have been blessed to find so far. Amen.
This post was written by Cordula Mora. Cordula is a neuroscientist who currently works in the Provost office at Bowling Green State University. She was born and raised in Germany, then spent many years living in New Zealand before settling in the US almost 16 years ago. She was raised in a German Protestant church but feels blessed to have been spiritually awakened when she was introduced to CedarCreek Church. She thanks God every day for all the blessings in her life, including two amazing daughters. She is currently looking for someone who would like to serve the Lord with her.
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