My sister Barby loves jigsaw puzzles…she has always loved jigsaw puzzles. She has passed that love of puzzles down to her daughter LeeAnn. LeeAnn gives me a jigsaw puzzle every single Christmas. I mean, not just some ordinary 100 piece, big lots cheapo puzzle, but 3 D puzzles, 5,000 piece Harley Davidson Motorcycle puzzles, Tower puzzles. But there is a problem. I hate jigsaw puzzles. It might have something to do with patience and not being able to focus on one thing for that long….what was I talking about? O yeah, I hate jigsaw puzzles.
I remember when I was about 8 or 9 years old and my sister, the perfect one, Barby (I only have one sister and she is pretty awesome). But when I was 8 or 9 she was putting together a 5,000 piece giant panoramic jigsaw puzzle of London. I think she always dreamed of going there, but when she got down to maybe 50 or so pieces left I wanted to help her finish. She’d worked on this thing for days….weeks, by herself…and she said, “NO! Get away from me and leave me alone while I finish!!!!! And then she screamed, “Dad!!!!! Ricky’s bothering me!!!” So I did the only thing any amazingly irritating 8 year old can do. I picked up one of the remaining pieces from the giant, panoramic London puzzle and I ate it. It sounds hilarious now, but I think I permanently traumatized my sister. She and Dad bought another puzzle and spent days trying to put that missing piece in. I use to think that God’s church was like a jigsaw puzzle and it wouldn’t be complete if your piece was missing. But I think I was wrong. Puzzle pieces are too clean and perfectly cut. I think God’s Church is more like a Mosaic…where the Creator and Artist…who is one and the same…picks through the trash and finds all the broken shards of glass…. and then He puts it together to create a beautiful picture of His Son’s heart….only God can create something beautiful from the trash…like me…and like you…so the world can see His Son’s heart.
I wrote a Poem called Mosaic back in 2012…it’s one of my favorites and it’s fitting I share it with you now.