I was having a conversation with a friend this morning about life. It’s challenges. It’s frustrations. As Christians especially, we so want to know that we know that we know that we are where God wants us to be. At times it is so overwhelming to think about. We want so badly to please Him.
When we are looking for God’s leading in our lives, so often we want to see the big picture. Not only do we want Him to reveal what we need to do at this very moment; we also think we need to know where that will lead us to. We want what we see when we buy a puzzle and dump all 500 pieces out on the table. We have a picture of the finished product. We know as we fit the pieces together, exactly what it is supposed to look like.
What if that puzzle turned out completely different from the picture we see? Not only different, but so much more beautiful! For one thing – it would be much harder to put together wouldn’t it? It would take more time and patience to make the pieces fit. We would probably get confused and very frustrated. We would probably need to take a few time outs from the project to clear our mind. But eventually we would come back to it. And eventually we would figure it out.
Life is the same way. We can have moments of clarity where we can put pieces together. But then when the pieces don’t fit, we want to give up. We can’t do that. We just need to walk away, relax, pray, breath, and press on. The end result will surely be far beyond any picture we could create in our simple minds.
Don’t try so hard to see it. Just keep moving ahead and aiming to please Him. As long as we are doing that, we are exactly where we need to be.