In college I had a roommate who enjoyed putting jigsaw puzzles together. She would take over the kitchen table for weeks, spreading out all the little pieces and putting them together between classes and work, while she watched a movie, or took a break from studying. I especially remember her becoming really intense when the puzzle was about three-fourths of the way complete. The table would always be divided up into sections, based on the picture on the puzzle box. There would be a group pieced together that resembled a flower arrangement minus the vase or a dock with dangling water pieces on the bottom. Each section was waiting for connector pieces to link objects to bring continuity to the full picture. A squeal of delight would resonate through the townhouse and everyone would know that she had just found the lost ear piece to complete a face or a front door finally hinged to the house scene pulling groups together from all four corners of the table.
Recently, as I was waiting to hear back from someone regarding a "puzzle piece" that would complete a project I was in charge of, I found myself becoming anxious. I really needed this piece that would link all the others, in order to efficiently move forward, but it was not coming as fast as I would have liked. I would like to say that I immediately thought and spoke that I would allow patience to have her perfect work and that this would help me to mature, but instead I began pacing. A short time later the piece was placed and the project came together, that is when a portion of my "work in progress" began.
I would like to say that this incident is isolated and that normally I just go with the flow, but me and my type A personality walk through these scenarios occasionally. The good news is, and I did not say the “feel good news” is, that God will continue to address this with me until I pass the test.
You see, during that same time I realized that a puzzle piece that I have been carrying should have been given to another person sooner. Because I did not see my little, not so important, puzzle piece as a priority, I caused someone stress and possibly some financial loss. It created more work and out of pocket expenses all because I did not extend my hand and release my piece, which inadvertently made it more difficult for me to rest in peace.
We are not perfect. I am truly thankful that we serve a God of second chances, but it is important that we step out with the pieces He has given us. Helping God keep the pieces in motion is the least that we can do. So as we develop, we must strive to do our parts - place pieces of finances towards a disaster relief ministry, honor a verbal agreement by handing our pieces over through communication, introduce two pieces from different groups when God shows us a connection, drop off a piece of information so that other pieces can come together, and do it all in a timely manner. Not only will we reap what we sow, but more importantly God's kingdom will continue to sow and reap completing His vision on a box that benefits us all.
"For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function,”
Romans 12:4 (NKJV)