Puzzles seem to be a hot quarantine trend this year! I see my friends putting them together all over Facebook, and about five weeks ago Peyton and I started putting them together ourselves! I found a puzzle company that had some really sweet looking 1000 piece puzzles, and I bought one. Then another two more. The newest two are in the shipping process as we speak. Peyton and I get so much satisfaction working as a team to put the pieces together, and even though it’s probably a good idea to take it slow and savor the experience, we’ve loved challenging ourselves to get it done as fast as we can!
The work to complete the puzzles reminds me of the current study of the book of Mark I’m doing from the bible. I read a chapter. It’s the outside edges. I push a little more and look to the who, what, when, where. I’ve got the corner of the puzzle together. I’m taking notes and cross-referencing scripture to see where the Old Testament converged on the New. The puzzle is beginning to look like a real picture. Before long, I’ve got a notebook full of information on the time period during Jesus’s ministry, the healings, the preaching, and the places. I’ve got the clearest knowledge I’ve ever had of a book from scripture, and it draws me even nearer to God. The puzzle is complete. And now, I start a new puzzle with a new book. The cycle continues.
I’m not done studying Mark. In fact I’ve only just started. But the idea that I’ll have a more complete understanding of the ministry of Jesus only pushes me closer. Psalm 119:11 says, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” This sweet verse tells me I need to treasure the words in the bible, to know them, to understand them.
I encourage you today to pick a chapter or a book of the Bible and treat it like that puzzle. You don’t need to rush it like Peyton and I do with the tiny little pieces! Take one piece at a time, study and put it together to create a final and beautiful picture.