Friday, July 20, 2007


Carrie married the wrong man. But because she puts tradition before her own personal happiness, she's been with him for more than 15 years. She stays for the kids. If you asked her, she'd say she missed out on "true love."

Ryan had a demanding father. He spent most of his life trying to prove himself...moving up the corporate ladder. Now, at age 45, he realizes that he forgot to have fun along the way. He's not even sure if he's capable of it. He's missing joy.

Peter's life has been in turmoil since he was born. Abusive foster parents, pent up anger, an uncontrollable temper. He's never held a job for more than a year, been evicted from two different apartments and has never been able to maintain a healthy relationship. He's missing peace.

We are all jigsaw puzzles, I suppose, with a piece or two missing. How frustrating to at least have an idea of what the finished product would look like, if only you could find that missing piece.

I suppose this is where I'm supposed to get all spiritual and tell you that you can only find that missing piece through Christ. Well, sorta. I believe you can find those things through accepting Jesus as Savior, but I'm not so sure you'll complete the puzzle here on this planet. Maybe that wholeness doesn't come til we're walking barefoot on million-dollar streets. The Bible says there's no weeping there. No death. No pain. No sorrow. Maybe our missing piece is somewhere on the other side of those gates. Perhaps we'll have to go swimming for it in a crystal stream...or scale a jeweled wall to find it.

But oh, what'll find when we finally stick that last piece of the puzzle in there! What satisfaction!

What piece are you missing?


Jezla said...

Tim, wonderful post. You're quite right that many things will not be right until our Savior comes again. We can have the joy and peace of knowing that we will see him, but how wonderful it will be when we actually do!

Andy said...

"We are all jigsaw puzzles, I suppose, with a piece or two missing." LOL. Very true, Tim.

Saint Augustine said, "Our souls are restless till they find their peace in [God]." But then, Saint Paul wrote that, "[God's] grace is sufficient for you, for [His] power is made perfect in weakness," and made it clear that God had not relieved him of all his woes. On the other hand, the Greek word for "healed" is the same word used for "saved" (sozo).

All of that to say, yeah, it's a mystery, Tim.