In Peace or In Pieces

Updated: Apr 4

Have you ever been in pieces? I am working on a VERY challenging 2000-piece puzzle right now. I made a challenge to my second graders to build a puzzle and send me a picture of it. I am on week 2 of building this thing and getting all of those 2000 pieces in just the right place. It is not going the way I planned. I have gone to making a pile of blue-ish pieces, a pile of pink-ish (better add purple to that pile) and gray-ish pieces. (Is that white? Oh well, we'll add that too) At this point I am glad I made this a challenge so I have motivation to finish it.


Usually puzzles are more therapeutic for me. With all the chaos in the real world, puzzles allow me the opportunity to bring order. All of those pieces fitting together just right to make a beautiful picture. It is comforting and brings a bit of peace to know that it is done and all of the pieces fit.


Life doesn't work like that. Sometimes you find a piece is missing. Sometimes the pieces don't fit together just right. Frustration sets in and we want to take all of those pieces and put them back in the box.


A lot of the problem comes from me trying to gather and put the pieces together on my own. It keeps me up at night, makes me lose my appetite, and makes me a not-so-pleasant person to be around. You see, in my attempt to bring order from all of this chaos I am really adding to the chaos.


The disciples were in this place of chaos and fear in John 14 as Jesus was telling them that He would be leaving them soon. "WHAT?!" was their response. Questions arose from "How do we get where you're going?" to "We don't even know WHERE you are going." As Jesus was calming their fears He gave them this promise:


"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." -John 14:27


You see the world offers peace, but it is momentary and fleeting. Jesus offers a peace that is eternal. In verse 26 he told the disciples of the Helper, the Holy Spirit, that he would leave with them. In verses 1-4 He tells them of the eternal home He was going to prepare for them and for all who believe. This is the peace only He can offer. Hope for this life and hope of a life to come.


As much as the world tries to give us peace through finances, entertainment, medical advances, etc. It can't bring the peace that comes through our eternal hope in Jesus Christ.


Now it is on us to trust in Him for our peace. To not look to this world for it. As Isaiah 26:3 states:


"You keep him in perfect peace

whose mind is stayed on you,

because he trusts in you."


Note that. You can have PERFECT peace as your mind is stayed on Christ. Stayed meaning fixed, focused, steadfast. And how do you keep your mind stayed on Him? By trusting in Him. Give up trying to put together the pieces of life's puzzle on your own. Give it to Him and leave it there. He can do it, and He has ALL the pieces. You just focus on the 2000-piece variety.


Speaking of which, I need to make my pile of black pieces (and really, really dark gray)...


Doug

Northwestern United Methodist Church

232 4th Ave. 

Mellette, SD 57461

605.887.3148

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