What working on puzzles can teach you – Be still

Psalms 46:10
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Be still. Know. I am God. Simple words, not so easy to do. What does this really mean? This morning after worship and prayer, I sat down to work on a puzzle. As I sifted through the pieces, I realized this is like therapy to me. It seems like the Lord was using this to speak to my heart. I have had to examine some areas in my life lately. Looking through the pieces, I realized I had to determine what part of the puzzle I was going to focus on. It could get overwhelming if I tried to do it all at once. One area at a time. I was looking for shape and color. He is looking to shape and develop character. One area at a time. Be still. Know. I am God. Sift, look, remove, fit and place. Has God been trying to get your attention about something He would like to sift through, look at, and remove? Once that is complete He can then fit us for the destiny and place He needs us to be.

Through this process the puzzle begins to take shape. I, however, am not the only one working on this particular puzzle. It is a team effort. Though each of us has chosen a different section to work on, we can help each other build on what we have in front of us. Some would call this body ministry in the church. The effort may not be the same. The thought process may not be the same. The end result, the completed puzzle, will look like the box cover. Be still. Know. I am God.

Life’s challenges are like this puzzle. There are complicated colors and shapes. There are the end pieces and pieces that make us wonder if it even belongs in the puzzle. And yet, somehow, it fits into the places we least expected. Be still. Know. I am God.

There are people who come along side of us to help us with the areas we may not be as accomplished in. We may need help in finding the right shape or color. We may need them to help us see things from a different perspective. They could be who God uses to point out a piece that is in the wrong place. Be still. Know. I am God.

We are asked to be still and know that He is God. It doesn’t matter if we are in the key place that fits or on the side waiting to be fitted in, He asks us to be still and know that He is God.