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Your life is a jigsaw puzzle

May 15, 2014

When_the_sadness_takes_over___by_Noga_chanSometimes we can experience moments of real tragedy and heartache in life. I wonder if you’ve ever had one of those moments, a situation that totally floors you.

If you’re anything like me bible verses like Romans 8:28 can be tough to work through in these times. How can God be working all things together for good when so much suffering exists?

puzzle_pieces_istock_000005653019smallRecently I’ve started to view my life as a jigsaw puzzle, and each day of my life is represented by a single piece of this puzzle.

Some days are colourful and vibrant – full of joy and expectation.

Some days are less colourful.

Other days are just totally black.

I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed but for a picture to come to life, there needs to be depth and dimension.

670px-Draw-a-Shaded-Sphere-Step-4Even those shady and dark jigsaw puzzle pieces have a purpose in this regard. A picture can’t come to life without some shading to provide definition. The darker colours help the brighter colours stand out more.

Ultimately the dark days can be used to help emphasise and highlight and draw attention to the colourful and vibrant parts of the overall jigsaw puzzle.

It might sound crazy but even the dark days of our lives end up playing a huge part in making our finished picture beautiful.

It’s in our times of lament that we often learn life’s most valuable lessons.

It’s in our times of trouble that we remember to treasure what’s most important to us.

It’s in our difficult days that we learn to be more like Jesus.

Your life is a jigsaw puzzle and every day is important.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

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