Daily Devotional – 3/22/16 “Your puzzled life!”

Growing up, my momma would buy puzzles and we’d all sit around trying to put all 500 pieces together in order to make it look like the box. We’d start by pouring all of the pieces on the table and then scattering them around in order to organize them in some sort of way. It was pure chaos but it was all worth it when the finish product was complete. Then we could stand back and admire the work that our hands have now accomplished, the puzzle looking like the picture on the box. Well, this started me to thinking of the ultimate puzzle put-togetherer (I made that up). See, I’ve realized that God has to put us back together sometimes and in order for Him to do this; some things have to happen first. What do I mean? Well, He has to pour us out, scatter those emptied out contents around, put them into some organized piles and then put us back together again. Oh but instead of looking like the image on the box, we look like the image of Him for the bible says in Genesis 1:27, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Somebody shall get their deliverance today.

See, I know you’re trying to figure out why it seems like your life is chaotic right now. You’re wondering why it seems like your mind is scattered in a million pieces. Your spirituality is getting weak and your faith too. You’re trying to make sense of it all but it’s making absolutely none; baby, that’s God working and He’s putting the puzzle of your life back together. Trust the process. No, it doesn’t feel good but it’s worth it. Yea, you may lose some folk during this process; they didn’t fit the image; trust the puzzle assembler. You may have a piece stuck somewhere you didn’t think it belonged (being sent to another church, leaving that abusive spouse, starting a new job, letting the car get repossessed, filing bankruptcy or simply taming your tongue); it’s part of the process. You may get turned around and pointed in a direction you didn’t think fit (that man you didn’t like you now love, that girl you couldn’t stand and now you can’t stand without her and that church you said you’d never go back to ended up saving your life); it’s part of the process. Oh but baby in the end, when all the pieces have been placed; God stands back and gazes at the masterpiece that He’s carefully put together and He’s pleased. He brushes off the dust that may have come from the box you were once in and He smiles. He runs His hands over you one last time before He presents you faultless and favored. Now all you have to do is trust in the fact that the pieces have been placed by the right hands and they won’t fall out again. They may bend but they won’t break for God says, “That’s my work and it is good!”

Joel 2:25, “I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you.”

Puzzle

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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