THE MISSING PUZZLE PIECE

by Tori Vaughan | Dec. 20, 2018

“And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.”

LUKE 2:7 ESV

When I was younger, every time that there was a snow day my dad would make his famous cinnamon rolls and my mom would dump the pieces of a massive puzzle on the kitchen table. We would gather around, cinnamon rolls in hand, and begin to try and fit the tiny, intricate pieces together. Sometimes it felt like it took forever! But two or three pieces would turn into sections and before we knew it, a picture started to emerge.

As you read through the Old Testament you will see the small pieces of God’s story start to weave together as they point to this one moment.

Generation after generation had waited on the coming of the promised Messiah – the Rescuer, the Redeemer, the Savior of the World. And on that night, in the stillness of the manager, the Son of God was born. The King of Kings, the Prince of Peace, the radiance of all God’s glory – Jesus.

The wait was over. You know the familiar story. After 85 long and exhausting miles, Joseph and Mary arrived in Bethlehem from the city of Nazareth only to find out there is no room for them in the inn. We aren’t given much detail, but I imagine it went something like this: Mary looked to Joseph and said in a loving, but nervous tone, “Joseph, honey, He’s coming…” as she began to pace. With small beads of sweat beginning to form on his forehead, Joseph reassured Mary that the Lord has it all under control as Joseph looked to the heavens and then to the innkeeper. The innkeeper shook his head as he took one deep breath and then pointed to the manger.

“And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger…” (Luke 2:6-7).  I believe all of heaven and earth resounded with shouts of joy and praise that night as the grander picture of the puzzle started to emerge.

I don’t know what pieces of the puzzle you have in front of you right now. Maybe it’s the loss of a loved one, a broken friendship in need of restoration, bitterness in your job, or frustration in your marriage. Maybe there are pieces you’re longing and hoping to find – a promotion, a relationship, or just rest. There are days we wonder how all of these pieces fit together – in the unknown, you can be confident and know that there is a God who holds all of the pieces to the puzzle.

Today’s Reading: Luke 2:6-7 ESV

5 Comments

  1. Darla Beller

    I love your puzzle illustration. Jigsaws are wonderful frustration. There are times that you see things coming together, making sense. Then you hit a snag and can’t makenheadsborntails of the pieces. The jigsaw, howeve, does have a solution; a full picture with every piece in place. Our lives in Christ are also complete! Paul tells us in Ephesians that we are seated with Christ in the heavenly places. That’s what the finished puzzle looks like! .

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  2. Steve Lay

    Great job, Tori!

    Reply
  3. Cindy

    I loved this beautiful word picture of how only God can put all the pieces of our individual puzzles together! He’s got it especially when we can’t c the big picture.

    Reply
  4. Robyn Yates

    Great Devo!

    Reply
  5. Cindy L

    My life is a crazy puzzle with each piece representing some wonderful times as well as many horrible ones. I hope when the puzzle is finished and all the pieces fit together the finished picture is one of Christ. ❤

    Reply

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The Missing Puzzle Piece

BY: Tori Vaughan | Dec. 20, 2018

“And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.”

LUKE 2:7 ESV

When I was younger, every time that there was a snow day my dad would make his famous cinnamon rolls and my mom would dump the pieces of a massive puzzle on the kitchen table. We would gather around, cinnamon rolls in hand, and begin to try and fit the tiny, intricate pieces together. Sometimes it felt like it took forever! But two or three pieces would turn into sections and before we knew it, a picture started to emerge.

As you read through the Old Testament you will see the small pieces of God’s story start to weave together as they point to this one moment. Generation after generation had waited on the coming of the promised Messiah – the Rescuer, the Redeemer, the Savior of the World. And on that night, in the stillness of the manager, the Son of God was born. The King of Kings, the Prince of Peace, the radiance of all God’s glory – Jesus.

The wait was over. You know the familiar story. After 85 long and exhausting miles, Joseph and Mary arrived in Bethlehem from the city of Nazareth only to find out there is no room for them in the inn. We aren’t given much detail, but I imagine it went something like this: Mary looked to Joseph and said in a loving, but nervous tone, “Joseph, honey, He’s coming…” as she began to pace. With small beads of sweat beginning to form on his forehead, Joseph reassured Mary that the Lord has it all under control as Joseph looked to the heavens and then to the innkeeper. The innkeeper shook his head as he took one deep breath and then pointed to the manger.

“And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger…” (Luke 2:6-7).  I believe all of heaven and earth resounded with shouts of joy and praise that night as the grander picture of the puzzle started to emerge.

I don’t know what pieces of the puzzle you have in front of you right now. Maybe it’s the loss of a loved one, a broken friendship in need of restoration, bitterness in your job, or frustration in your marriage. Maybe there are pieces you’re longing and hoping to find – a promotion, a relationship, or just rest. There are days we wonder how all of these pieces fit together – in the unknown, you can be confident and know that there is a God who holds all of the pieces to the puzzle.

Today’s Reading: Luke 2:6-7 ESV

5 Comments

  1. Darla Beller

    I love your puzzle illustration. Jigsaws are wonderful frustration. There are times that you see things coming together, making sense. Then you hit a snag and can’t makenheadsborntails of the pieces. The jigsaw, howeve, does have a solution; a full picture with every piece in place. Our lives in Christ are also complete! Paul tells us in Ephesians that we are seated with Christ in the heavenly places. That’s what the finished puzzle looks like! .

    Reply
  2. Steve Lay

    Great job, Tori!

    Reply
  3. Cindy

    I loved this beautiful word picture of how only God can put all the pieces of our individual puzzles together! He’s got it especially when we can’t c the big picture.

    Reply
  4. Robyn Yates

    Great Devo!

    Reply
  5. Cindy L

    My life is a crazy puzzle with each piece representing some wonderful times as well as many horrible ones. I hope when the puzzle is finished and all the pieces fit together the finished picture is one of Christ. ❤

    Reply

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