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.”

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Daily Devotional – 3/17/15 – Excuse the mess … Restoration in progress

Someone woke up this morning feeling like their life is scattered and shaken only because you laid down last night feeling the exact same way but hold on beloved this is simply God working to set you up for something greater. Yea, it feels like you can’t get your thoughts together, you can’t get anything to line up right, it feels as if you’re drowning and you aren’t near any water, you’re fighting to breathe and you’re outside in fresh air, you feel lonely in a room full of people and you can’t get your finances straight if you laid them on a ruler – this is God scattering the pieces of your life to put you back together greater than you were before. See, sometimes the potter (God) of this old clay (us) has to tear us apart, scatter us about just to put us back to together again; that’s called restoration. When things start to fall apart and you don’t know what to do, when hell has shown up in the midst of your home and when you keep getting knocked six steps back after taking one; that’s simply God scattering the pieces. Yea, in order for God to see what He’s working with He has to scatter out the pieces so He has to shake some stuff loose. Oh but when it all settles …

When it all settles, the potter; that’s God begins to masterfully recreate us in His image – that’s restoring us to a better point than we were before. He begins molding us back together so now the hell begins to subside and we can see the sun peeking through the clouds. Now we can feel our lungs expanding to breathe better, we can feel our heart beating for the good to love better and we can feel the weight lifting from our shoulders to walk better. When it all settles … we may have lost a few things along the way like those friends who didn’t make the settlement, those family members who can’t understand the change and the places and clothes that no longer fit our image – they were simply distorting our appearance anyway; be good with it for my bible tells me in 1 Timothy 4:4 “Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks.” You might be going through at this very moment but it could be your restoration period, just tell folk to pardon your dust while you’re under construction. Yet in the midst, continue your praise and if they can’t get with it, tell them to excuse the noise, you’ll be back in business in no time! Just tell them – Excuse the mess … Restoration in progress!