Beth and I have reached the age when we enjoy things like collecting shells on the beach. We still wait up for the news before we go to bed. But instead of watching the 10:00 news, we watch the 6:00 news. And one other sign of our age – we love to work a good jigsaw puzzle.
There are two ways to put a puzzle together. The Rubik’s Cube geniuses turn the pieces over, so they can’t see the design, and then assemble the puzzle. But Beth and I have discovered a secret. They actually put a picture of the finished puzzle right on the box.
Not to brag, but using this system, we assembled our last puzzle in just two months, when it said right on the box, “2-3 years.”
In recovery, it is much easier to put your life together when you already know what the finished product looks like – a person walking in humility and obedience, no longer a slave to his sexual desires.
You and I are puzzles, to be assembled by the one who made us. And lest there be any doubt as to his ability to put us together just like the picture on the box, Paul wrote, “I am confident that what God has begun in you he will complete” (Philippians 1:6).
Recovery Step: Don’t try to solve the puzzle of life without knowing what the product is supposed to look like. Better yet, give God all the pieces to your life, and let him do for you what you could not do for yourself.