MORE THAN A PIECE OF THE PUZZLE  By Lori A Alicea

Peering into an opened puzzle box of a thousand pieces, one looks with astonishment the beautiful picture which waits an unveiling by the simple interlocking, the coming together of a thousand pieces.

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Not for the impatient.

Not for those blind to the bigger picture.

Designed to pass on the awareness where every counted member in the box is more than a piece of the puzzle.

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Created with eyes to reveal each piece their significance in the picture; rendering the vision incomplete in those unwilling to assume their appointed place in the Master’s design.

Yes, we are all more than a piece of the puzzle in God’s plan.

Our likeness and way we interlock with one another is on purpose, yet has us questioning God at times the pieces He’s put together not seeming to fit.

In these times the Master Designer reminds us to trust Him in the finished painting, as the aerial view we see is just our one of a thousand pieces.

In the beginning, God meticulously fashioned our talents and determined in the beginning those needing the impact of these gifts by our placement in His big picture, those other pieces we’d interlock and connect with.

In His still small voice, God’s instruction of how and when He dares to use us, spurs a child-like faith when the big picture isn’t in sight to see.

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
John 10:27 KJV

Not understanding and unaware of God’s “why”, our quick obedience prevents those delays what God wants to do today thru us for another piece of the puzzle.

I will quickly obey your commands…
Psalm 119:32 NCV

Without delay, I hurry to obey your commands.
Psalm 119:60 GNT

God is a personal God.

His Masterpiece is beyond beautiful and awe-inspiring because His heart is intimately thinking and longing about each piece of the puzzle, the one” whether the piece He holds in His hand is about you or a complete stranger He plans to introduce.

The following is an excerpt from a previous blog when the big picture comes into full view as our reminder; we are more than a piece of the puzzle.

STOP COUNTING
By Lori A Alicea

Excerpt…

God goes to great lengths to show his love for you, the “one”.

God sent His Son to die for you, the “one”.

God will work through complete strangers to reach you, the “one”.

This message of the “one” came to light a few hot summer years ago at this glorious historical mansion located nearby where I hosted a table for six of dear family and friends for a Victorian Tea and Luncheon.Daisy lady gloria marge linda at tableDaisy lady candy lori at table

With one seat unspoken for to be filled by the Victorian Tea organizers and believing God wanted to use five tea ladies to bless a complete stranger, we prepared a gift bag full of thoughtfulness with her in mind; a present for the “one”.

A week prior to the Tea, God impressed a vision of this “one”, letting our eyes know in advance to be looking for a woman “dressed in daisies”.

That afternoon when the Victorian Gala began, hand-painted cups for each Victorian dressed lady were filled with their chosen flavored tea. Vintage dressed waiters and waitresses placed silver trays of crumpets, delicately filled croissants and other luncheon foods on our table of china place settings and white linen.

Though the details of this elegant day were breathtaking, we five tea ladies couldn’t take our eyes off the chair still unspoken for.

Had we heard from God correctly?

Were we supposed to meet a lady “dressed in daisies?”

Though sad, we still savored our time together, enjoying a bright and sunny afternoon over tea, seated side by side next to those that we loved.

Caught off guard when the weather filled the skies with a torrential rain, the Victorian crowd made a dash towards the open doors of the mansion for the remainder of the event.

With the mansion unprepared to receive our Victorian ladies, we sat or stood in whatever corner we could find.Daisy lady candy by herself

We refined ladies now soaking wet, you couldn’t help but laugh.

The itinerary resumed itself making the best of the unforeseen chaos.

It’s in these moments when you least expect that God’s plan comes into full view; our lady “dressed in daisies.”

We tea ladies gasped when we saw her.

Head to toe in daisies.

We five weren’t so refined when we surrounded our daisy lady following the Tea, presenting God’s heart and a gift bag prepared with her, the “one” in mind.

Overwhelmed by it all, our daisy lady shared she almost didn’t attend the event as her husband was hospitalized in a health crisis. But decided to divert her troubled heart and attention for a few hours over tea, throwing on whatever she could find, not Victorian clothes, but an outfit donned of daisies.

The impact God made when He loved the “one” through five strangers.

With God, it isn’t about the crowd, the masses, the ninety-nine, but the “one”.

Excerpt end…

Yes, we are all more than a piece of the puzzle in God’s plan.

Our likeness and way we interlock with one another is on purpose.

There’s no need to question God when the pieces He’s put together don’t seem to fit.

In these times the Master Designer reminds us to trust Him in the finished painting, as the aerial view we see is just our one of a thousand pieces.

blue puzzle piece on white jigsaw puzzle
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Author Lori A Alicea and her beloved husband David of 27years thank you for sharing a moment of your day with them at Apples of Gold Encouragement. It is their desire you experience their heart for family, love, encouragement and God through the words God has put on Lori’s heart to write. They are hopeful you discover a few treasures of encouragement, realizing we all share common threads in our lives. Be blessed in your day.

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