4 Puzzle Pieces

4 reasons God only gives us 1 piece of His plan at a time
When my husband retired from the Army, we “knew” we were going directly into mission work. 10 years later, after attending a mission school, serving on a church staff, and attending seminary, we ended up on the mission field.

Sometimes God only gives us one piece of the puzzle and it may not even be the next piece. But why would He do this?

I think there are several reasons:
1. To give us patience, endurance, and humility.
2. To make us hold on to a dream even when it seems improbable.
(See Imagine This and Dream)
3. To prepare us for the goal.
But perhaps the most important reason is this:

4. To teach us that He’s just as interested in the process as the goal.

God gave Joseph a dream that took 22 years to fulfill. God converted Paul in 34AD but his first missionary journey wasn't until 47AD. 

God has important work to do in us and through us before, during and after each piece of the puzzle. Let's cooperate with whatever He does in our lives.

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  1. I love a good puzzle! I was awake through the night thinking of reasons why Jesus may have delayed His ministry until the approx. age of 30.
    Sometimes life just doesn't seem to make any sense...you're so right that He cares as much about the process as the goal.
    Thanks for stopping by Mary @ Woman to Woman!
    Blessings to you ~ Mary

  2. The words of your post are so true...very good anology. Blessings

  3. Just wanted to say thanks for your "notes of encouragement." I enjoy reading them each day, and have shared some of them with others.

    Blessings, and Merry Christmas!

  4. Our pastor reminded us that Mary, the mother of Christ, didn't understand it all either. She "treasured these things and pondered them in her heart." It reminds me of the scripture that says it "is the glory of God to reveal a matter, but the glory of man to find it out." We are richer for having to mine (ponder) the truth and allow God to reveal it to us. The gratification that comes from instant understanding is shallow and short lived. The satisfaction of ferreting out a biblical concept is forever.

  5. A timely post when we as a country are so sorrowful and in the dark these last few unimaginable days

  6. This is exactly the message I needed to hear today. Must have been the reason why circumstances prevented me from reading immediately upon you linking to the GRAND Social. Thank you.

    Best wishes to you and yours for a beautiful and blessed Christmas!

  7. What a timely word for me!
    Thanks so much for this post.

    Have a Blessed and Joyful Christmas,
    Julie @ Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk

  8. It can be so frustrating to not get the answers you want when you want them, but it is so awesome to look back and see the pieces fall in place!


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