“To the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.” – Ephesians 1:6
I remember a phrase I would hear people say: “I’m trying find my place in life.” I can recall a time when I was discontent with where I was and pondering the same thoughts. After a time of testing the waters of keeping myself happy, I realized that was a bottomless cup. I was constantly pouring fleshly activities into my idea of purpose. For me, a lot of my actions were attempts to find a place where I belonged, to fit in to the crowd, but it was not to be…
I think about a puzzle, and when I would start to put it together, it was obvious that each piece had a specific place where it went. I really had a sense of accomplishment when every piece fell into place. Well, I’m a piece of God’s puzzle, and only He can put me in that special spot.
Sometimes I feel like I’m that piece of the puzzle that fell off the table and I’m not fitting into where I belong. It’s at those times that I can be found seeking my way back to the “big picture.” It doesn’t take much sometimes to forget to Whom I belong. I like the second part of Ephesians 1:6, “He made us accepted in the Beloved”, acceptance picks me up off of the floor and puts me back on the table where the puzzle is being put together. I can at that time catch a glimpse of the finished product as God, the Master puzzle maker, puts everything in its place, “And this is the plan: At the right time He will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth” (Ephesians 1:10 NLT). I like to think of my puzzle as a big picture of Jesus – sometimes it’s hard to see that He is at work. Then I remember He has the top of the box with the completed picture.
Now this is where my illustration of the puzzle comes apart. You see, I never literally fall off the table, but when I’m not where I should be spiritually, my mind and thoughts can cause me to feel alienated and alone. Ephesians chapter 1 is a good reminder for me to bring me back to my rightful way of thinking. It’s only then that my feelings line up with truth. We all have feelings, but feelings should never dictate our thinking – a practice of self-control must allow my thoughts to control my feelings.
So if you feel like that piece of the puzzle that got dropped on the floor where worry and anxiety can set in, know that the One who left His 99 sheep is looking for you. Don’t try to find another puzzle to fit into, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). “Keep Seeking.”
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Think About This: “In all things seek to know God’s Will and when known obey at any cost.” – Jonathan Goforth
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. Isaiah 61:10