Piece of the Puzzle


God hasn’t called you to be every piece of the puzzle—or even the shiniest, brightest piece. God asks you to be the specific piece He made you to be.

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it (1 Corinthians 12:27, NIV).

I’ve been overeager since grade school. When the teacher asked a question, I’d wave my hand. Oooh. Oooh. Pick me! I was desperate to contribute. Even in pigtails and saddle shoes, I wanted to feel like my presence made a difference in some way—that I had something to offer to the discussion.

Impatient teachers rolled their eyes. Kind teachers found ways to be diplomatic as they said, “Sharon, let’s give someone else a turn.” Whether the message came with a frustrated or gentle tone, it was hard for me to grasp that by not being called on, I was giving a classmate his or her chance to contribute.

That’s still a difficult concept for me. I love saying yes to new opportunities, but I am not so good at laying down an activity when God asks me to. He often whispers to my heart, “If my purpose is for you to wait, will you trust I love you no less?” He also challenges me to celebrate the opportunities He gives to others to use their gifts, to be joyous as they get to contribute.

When the first snowstorm of the winter arrived recently, I set up a jigsaw puzzle. As I worked on it throughout the week, I glanced past the pieces that seemed dull and uninteresting. My eyes were drawn instead to the key red piece for the roof, or the vibrant blue bit over the treetops. I shoved aside a muddy brown piece and left it to wait at the side of the card table. But when the puzzle was complete, that last piece was vital. Each piece, each shape, each color, contributed to the finished work.

God hasn’t called me to be every piece in the puzzle, or even to be the shiniest and brightest piece. He asks me to be the specific piece He made me to be.

FAITH STEP: Has a life situation caused you to feel like you can’t contribute as much as you’d like? Does it feel like all the other puzzle pieces are more important to the picture? Let’s rejoice that God is giving others a turn, and trust that as we wait, we are also serving Him.

Written by Sharon Hinck

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