We are all a part of the big puzzle called life.
Have you heard this analogy before? Do you know what’s wrong with it?
While puzzle pieces are unique and fit together to form a bigger picture, each piece is rigid. They only fit together one way. In one area of the puzzle, you have a group of pieces that form one section of the picture. None of the pieces is able to conform to fit anywhere else. They are unique, but only for one purpose.
I did a quick search to see if the puzzle analogy is biblical. It is not.
There are quite a few references to folks being puzzled but nowhere does it say that we are all a part of God’s big puzzle called life. Often we read that we are all a part of the Body… not a part of the puzzle.
I am a part of quite a few teams of people. This alone should earn me some sort of merit, being the true introvert that I am. I realize it isn’t always easy to be with me and it isn’t always easy for me to fit in. People are unique in that way—humans have a high-functioning mind, which makes our interactions quite complex. This is why we need to be flexible. Puzzle pieces are not flexible. In fact, when they fit together they form little cliques to make up the big picture.
Think about how people work on a puzzle…
First, the edge pieces form the perimeter.
Next, the ones that stand out from the others start to develop the picture.
Then, the ones remaining fill in to complete the predetermine picture.
That’s kinda how life goes, hey?
First, the edgy people set the boundaries.
Next, the ones who stand out from the others start to develop the plan.
Then, the ones remaining fill in to complete the predetermined plan.
God doesn’t want us to be a part of a puzzle. A more common reference used in His Word is clay. He wants us to be moldable and shapeable to fit where we are needed to carry out His plan.
“Still, Eternal One, You are our Father.
We are just clay, and You are the potter.
We are the product of Your creative action, shaped and formed into something of worth.” Isaiah 64:8
Think about the people groups you are a part of. Don’t things seem to go smoother when all the members are flexible? You have a vision for your purpose but if folks can remain flexible, it all comes together so much better.
I hope the next time you find yourself in a people group, you are a little more flexible so y’all can fit together. Think beyond PTO and organizations… think about life. As we move about this planet, if we could be flexible and extend grace to one another, we’ll start to feel more peaceful in our part of the world.
It isn’t an earth-shattering proposition but it might make your corner of the world fit together more cohesively.
Now if we could all learn how to properly zipper merge…