"For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known." – 1 Corinthians 13:12 (ESV)
For a number of years, elder Dave Graves has been doing a tremendous job of posting the weekly church bulletin, the Heartbeat, over Facebook. This has allowed those who are either unable to attend church, or who simply have an interest in what is going on at Burning Hearts, to stay informed. As part of the bulletin is the editorial, Dave has creatively attached a picture or photo that fits with each week's article. Sometimes this is easy; at other times it is a real challenge.
At the end of 2020 Dave sent me a collage that he had made up, making use of the various pictures that he had used through the year with the year 2020 at the center. I was so impressed with it that I said, "That would make a great jigsaw puzzle!" And so it was that Dave ordered a 20"x20" 640-piece puzzle made from his collage. The puzzle came in the mail a week ago and for a number of days I have been in the process of putting the puzzle together. It is not easy. (It should be finished by the time you read this and if you would like to put it together, just let me know and I will pass it on to you!)
Life is much like a jigsaw puzzle. We see the various pieces – the days and events of life – but have trouble seeing how it all fits together. As the apostle Paul wrote, "we see in a mirror dimly." Optometrists use the word "scotoma" to describe a spot in our visual field in which vision is absent or deficient. This is evident in people who while looking straight ahead may, for example, be unable to see an object just to their right. In life we each have scotomas – blind spots – that for whatever reason make it difficult for us to see everything clearly.
While putting the jigsaw puzzle together, early on I had the entire edge put together except for one missing piece. I looked and looked through the pieces. "What a rip," I thought, if after ordering that puzzle (and it was not cheap) one of the pieces was missing! I finally asked Ruth to look over the pieces. I needed a "new set of eyes" to look for that one missing piece. She too could not find it. The next day I found it easily. I had looked over it many times and yet not seen it.
Again, the events of life are like a jigsaw puzzle. But what makes it especially difficult are our scotomas that keep us from seeing clearly and understanding what is going on: to understand what God is doing. In glory, we hope that it will then all make sense. Then again, come glory, maybe we simply will no longer have any questions. For as Paul wrote, "Then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known."
But in this life, be reminded that like the puzzle it does all fit together: that early death of a mother, that period of financial difficulty, that rebellious son or daughter, the leaky roof, the flat time on a rainy day, the time you may have been passed over for a promotion. The pieces DO all fit together…and none is missing. But it is so complex, and it is not easy. You are especially blessed if God has given you insight to see how in your life it all fits together, or if you have found that missing piece.