God never said that the journey would be easy, but He did say that the arrival would be worthwhile.Max Lucado
It amazes me how intrigued and focused my kids are when working on puzzles. They empty out the box on the table or floor and begin to filter out each piece by piece. They try to make sense of everything as they compare the pieces to the picture printed on the box.
Purpose in our life is often like a puzzle, because it is revealed to us in pieces. The big picture will never be completely understood until the pieces fully come together. The purpose has always been there, except it comes in pieces. It’s ultimately up to us to put the pieces together and complete the puzzle and discover our true purpose or calling.
When assembling a puzzle, what do you do when you come across missing pieces? If you are a bit of a perfectionist or even slightly OCD as I am, you will not be content until all the pieces are found and together.
What happens when we realize that there are pieces missing in our life? We search for answers anxiously trying to make sense of things, unsettled until we find the next piece. God will not unveil the full picture because there is a valuable lesson in the journey of searching or waiting for the pieces.
Abraham went out by faith trusting God before he was given an official itinerary. He went out before he knew where he was going or what exactly it was supposed to looked like.
“By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.” Hebrews 11:8
If God handed us clear instruction to every single step of our lives we risk that we would not value the true meaning of it. In fact, we would not require faith in God for the journey.
One of the greatest lessons for me in life has been in the middle of the struggle. If the struggle is removed, you actually remove the opportunity to develop, learn and grow. Having missing pieces in my story has allowed me to pursue answers and develop slowly into what God intended me to become all along.
Life is more about who we are becoming along the way more than what we do. We do the things we do because of who we are. If we change what we do we are only supplementing behavior, but when there is genuine change in our lives it is the result of multiple decisions made and compiled together.
What we become is a long term repetitive process of uniting the pieces that we have available in front of us and continually searching for the pieces that are lost.