Putting together another puzzle… Seeing a metaphor for living in this complex and trying time.
First, one must gather all the flat edged pieces together and make a frame… well, that’s how I do it.
Frames are good. Faith is a good frame. Love is a good frame. So we start with faith, and love.
Then, we fill in what we can near the frame. Or we put together things we recognize. Wherever they fit within the frame. And all the things we recognize do fit within the frame. Our homes, our families, our friends, our work, our surroundings. Faith and Love are the frame within which we have our being.
Thinking how often the piece one is looking for is exactly the one in front of you, but upside down, so as to be unrecognizable. How when a piece fits, it Fits easily and well and you Know it’s the right piece. Other lessons from puzzles are that there is a place for every piece, and that when they are all together where they need to be, a beautiful picture immerges.
The first time I put together the only puzzle I had at the time, I ended with exactly one piece, and one space, left over, and they did not match. I had to pass my hand over the puzzle to feel where there might be a bump, where the pieces didn’t really fit together. There were two such places, and by mixing them around, the three pieces and the three spaces, the puzzle came together at last. I had been So Sure that the errant pieces were where they belonged, until it became obvious they weren’t.
It happened again with this latest puzzle, only this time it was two pieces which fit together, but not where they were supposed to go, which opened up a couple of pieces which fit separately in other places, and the one space and one piece got put where they actually fit.
We are like puzzle pieces, sometimes only needing to be turned right side up, or to be tried here or there, until we Fit. When we don’t fit, it is obvious in some bumpy way. And when we are all fitted together, we too, make a beautiful world.
We are like puzzle pieces, in that each of us is unique, and necessary. We each have a place, and fit together to make a beautiful picture.
Like Paul’s First letter to the Corinthians, (I Cor. 12:12-26) which says that we are part of a larger being. We are not the whole, but the whole is not whole without us. We are not any other part, but our part is important.
The same is true of all the other pieces, parts, people. No one is unimportant. No one is like any other. No one is disposable. No one is unworthy. We each have a place to fill, and tho’ we sometimes spend some time in a place not of our choosing, nor where we really fit, God works our lives to be where we can do the most good, be the most helpful, shine the most beauty, where we can fit the best. And the same is true for all the pieces, parts, people. “If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.” (I Cor. 12:26)
One of the best lessons of this time, of these troubles, and from puzzles, is that “we are all in this together.” As Martin Luther King said, “Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere,” and as we have learned watching neighbors sing in Italy, “Love anywhere spreads love everywhere.” Let us rejoice to be where we are in the puzzle of life, and using God’s vision, see the lovely picture we make together.