Coming back from my friend Jessica’s Bible book study, I was doing a lot of thinking. Lately, I had been recognizing God speaking to me in different ways. That night, one the way home, God gave me the image of a puzzle piece. I didn’t understand exactly what it meant, at the time, but in my spirit I knew it was from Him.
As I continued driving, I started thinking about that piece of puzzle. I mean, I hadn’t been thinking of a puzzle and hadn’t talked about one at the study. So I knew there had to be good meaning. As I was thinking, Holy Spirit dropped some things in my spirit. And continued to speak to me about it throughout the next week or so.
— God isn’t just a piece of us. But each one of us is a piece of HIM. We all fit together like a puzzle.
— We think life is a puzzle, we think that God can be a puzzle. But it’s not that, it’s just that each one of us…each person that He made…is just a piece of Him and all that is Him. We aren’t meant to know it all. That’s why it seems to be puzzling to us. We aren’t meant to understand each piece, but just fit them (our pieces) together and then He will show us the finished product, when it’s time.
— He gave me this image of a picture of Jesus/Him and how it’s like a collage. A big put together puzzle, with each one of us being a single puzzle piece. Just one piece of the puzzle. But together, we make a whole. Make life WHOLE. If our piece is missing, that’s when things start looking wrong and we start to feel “puzzled” at life, not understanding. Because we can’t see the whole picture He has for us. It’s when life starts to shift more toward worldly things and ideas. He makes each of us and our piece unique. We all have things to offer. He gives each one of us gifts. But we tend to look at other peoples puzzle piece, instead of our own. That’s why we need to ALL come together as THE church. Not people fussing and arguing about “religious” things.
— Many times we let the world make us feel like we don’t fit in. But in reality, the reason we don’t feel like we fit in, is because we are in the wrong place. We take our piece of the puzzle (who we are), and try to fit into the puzzle in places we aren’t meant to fit. Just because we want to fit into certain places or groups…that doesn’t mean that is what God has in store for us. He made us to fit perfectly into the puzzle of life…in just the right place and with the right people. The ones that will grow us and help us…not slow us and hinder us. He made us, our piece of puzzle, to fit perfectly in Him! We just have to let Him put us where He wants and needs us!
— 1 Corinthians 12:12-31
12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it,25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28 And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? 31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.
And yet I will show you the most excellent way.