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Am I Complete?

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100? 500? Or 1,500 pieces?

EVERYONE, I’m sure, has done at least one jigsaw puzzle in their lifetime. I mean, the old-fashioned kind in the cardboard box, not the online click-and-drag games disguised as “jigsaw puzzles.” *J.A. rolls her eyes*

IMPORTANT DETAIL. Without the picture on the front of the box to show me what I’m aiming to put together, forget it. If I encountered a 1,000 multi-color pieces lying piled on the table but couldn’t see the big picture, I’d simply humph and walk away.

My life is a puzzle — Yep, cliché. But doesn’t it feel like this at times? How does this piece of my life connect with this other piece? Why don’t these innies and outies interlock?–scissors come in handy. This corner is put together, but now what? I’ve lost the big picture. How many of us, after hours of staring at the pieces, have already given up and “walked away”?

 

Finding the Bigger Big Picture

God and Father of all … is over all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4:6 emphasis mine

We put our lives together one puzzle piece at at time, but God is not made up of puzzle pieces. He is eternally solid, whole, and all-encompassing. He is solidly in all, before all, through all, above all, and He cannot fall apart.

  • All the more reason to have Christ, who is whole, live bigger in me.
  • All the more reason to keep asking for more of Him to fill me as I empty out my puzzled self while in the safety of His presence.

Am I a hoarder, or do I let God work with the pieces? When I hoard, am I denying His lordship? Denying His sovereignty? Denying Him the opportunity to reveal Himself in my mess? To put it another way, am I a little piece of the giant puzzle that thinks it knows all things and sees the Majestic Picture?

For by Him all things were created—in heaven and on earth, the seen and the unseen, whether thrones or angelic powers or rulers or authorities. All was created through Him and for Him. He exists before everything, and in Him all holds together (including puzzles) 

Colossians 1:16-17 emphasis mine.

 

Can you say:
Comprehensive!
All-embracing!
The “I AM”
“I AM what you need at any moment.”

  • All the more reason to allow the Spirit of God to reign from within us by surrendering to His pure Love.
  • All the more reason to keep asking for more of Him to fill us as we empty out our puzzled selves, trusting what He’ll do with the pieces.

 

Finding Wholeness in a Disjoined World

For all the fullness of Deity lives bodily in Him [Christ], and in Him you have been made complete and filled to fullness. He is head over every ruler and authority.  Colossians 2:9-10 emphasis mine

Yes, Jesus died on the cross so we could, through grace and the Holy Spirit, put our puzzle-piece-lives together. BUT…

He is returning for a WHOLE Bride. Bringing completion to the puzzle. The majestic big picture.

 

  • All the more reason to give Christ access to all my puzzle pieces, not just the parts I’m comfortable with.
  • All the more reason to trust the Whole One to make me whole.

Is your life in pieces?  Your heart?  Your emotions?
The Lord desires to put your fragmented self back together.

And He is wholly capable.

Let’s get real. We can’t fix anybody but ourselves, and trying to change the people around us, thinking that will make our lives better is an arduous adventure in futility. (You know it’s true.) But we can do a lot for ourselves by taking one important step…
By making one extraordinary decision…
By simply asking,

“Lord Jesus, I surrender all.
Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit.

Make me whole.”

 

If you just prayed this with a sincere heart, expect a miracle,
and post a comment in the comment section,
for we’d love the honor of praying for you.

 

The Bigger Picture Behind an Embattled Spirit

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses to “Am I Complete?”

  1. Rae says:

    <3 Your posts are always so meaningful and hit home with me. I thank God for you!

  2. J.A. Marx says:

    Ah, Rae. Thanks for your kind words. I love how our loving God coordinates what needs to be where and when.
    Blessings!

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