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The Big Picture

So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together for good, for we are his lovers who have been called to fulfill his designed purpose.  Romans 8:28 TPT

My granddaughter dumped the puzzle out of the box and onto a table.

One thousand pieces in various shades of green, blue, red, yellow, and white. A field of flowers under a blue sky and bright sun. At least, that’s what the picture on the box portrayed. Beautiful. I could hardly wait to get to work.

I picked up a green piece that looked almost identical to a hundred others. Only the shape differed … and only slightly. I groaned. This was going to be difficult.

And it was. We put the edge pieces together, then began filling in the rest. The process became slow and frustrating. We would walk away, take a break, and then come back. No matter how many times we looked at the picture, we simply could not make the pieces fit.

Our life is much like that puzzle. Hundreds, even thousands, of pieces we can’t fit together, no matter how hard we try. We get so caught up on one single piece that we forget about working on the others. We want to see the completed picture with all the pieces in perfect order. Yet all we see are gaps and holes that need filling. Too many times, we throw up our hands in defeat and walk away.

The good news is while we see something incomplete and imperfect, God sees the big picture. And He is continuously working on it, making sure that every detail of our lives is continually woven together for good, even when we can’t see His hand moving each piece into position.

Our beautiful puzzle took a long time to finish, but it was worth the time and effort.

Don’t beat yourself up when the puzzle looks too hard. Maybe even impossible. That’s when God does His best work. He assures us in His Word that every detail of our lives is continually woven together for good —and ultimately for His glory. After all, He doesn’t just see the big picture. He is the Master artist who designed it, and He will bring it to completion.

Ask God to help you trust Him for the big picture.

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Andrea Merrell

Andrea Merrell is an award-winning author and professional freelance editor. She is an associate editor with Christian Devotions Ministries and LPC Books and was a finalist for the 2016 Editor of the Year Award at BRMCWC and the 2018 Excellence in Editing award by the Christian Editors Network. Andrea is a graduate of Christian Communicators and was a finalist in the 2015 USA Best Book Awards and the 2018 Selah Awards, as well as a semi-finalist in the 2018 ACFW Genesis contest. She has been published in numerous anthologies and online venues, teaches workshops on writing and editing, and is the co-founder and regular contributor to www.TheWriteEditing.com, a blog designed specifically for writers. Andrea is the author of Murder of a Manuscript, Praying for the Prodigal, and Marriage: Make It or Break It. Contact her at www.AndreaMerrell.com.