Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Tiny Pieces

"God has a purpose for each one of us, a work for each one to do, a place for each one to fill, an influence for each one to exert, a likeness to His dear Son for each one to manifest, and then, a place for each one to fill in His holy temple."
Arthur C.A. Hall (b.1847)

Who of us hasn't painstakingly put together one of those intricate 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles only to find one critical piece is missing? Only one tiny piece - surely it couldn't make much difference. But it does. The beautiful picture we worked so hard to create disappoints. It isn't complete. It simply won't do. We begin the search - under chairs, in hidden corners, under the table - determined to find the one lost piece.

We, each of us, are tiny pieces of a beautiful whole planned by the Father before the beginning of time. Some may appear more significant than others - that corner piece perhaps - but, truthfully, not one is of more value to the heart of the Creator than the other. No two are alike. We are a glorious variety of shapes, sizes and colors made to fit together. When all goes well, a beautiful picture emerges.

The Father knew full well that we "tiny pieces" are frail and prone to sinning. We sometimes wander, getting lost in a plan of our own choosing. He could decide to leave the picture as it has become - rather incomplete but almost good enough. He never does. He relentlessly seeks the lost ones, never giving up until they are safely tucked into place.

Some "tiny pieces" feel as though they are not important. They compare themselves to the larger more "important" pieces and think they don't measure up. Surely, they think, no one will miss me. I'm not as talented or gifted or beautiful or outgoing or smart ... as all the others.

"Not so," says the One who created them. "Every single one is loved and precious in my sight. I would not wish to lose a single one of you. You are of infinite value to me - each of you a unique and perfect design. In my eyes you are my beloved and cherished child."
For you formed my inward parts;
    you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.[a]
Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:13-14