For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
Some days I need a break from being me. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy my strengths and interests. But, sometimes, my limitations and shortcomings get the better of me. And I wonder what it would be like to be someone else.
During these times, I ask God for his perspective. What’s wrong with me that life doesn’t work out the way I want it to? Or why can’t I seem to get it right even though I’m trying? Recently, God brought the above verse to mind.
Along with the verse, I saw the image of puzzle pieces with their tabs and slots. A few puzzle pieces were corner pieces and had two straight sides. A few more pieces were edge pieces that had at least one straight side. But most of the pieces were inside pieces – oddly shaped with tabs that connect to other pieces’ slots and slots that fit others’ tabs. The pattern on each puzzle piece did not make much sense on its own. Nor was it very pretty when looking at the individual piece. But when connected together, they revealed their meaning and beauty.
Similarly, our lives often do not make much sense or reveal their true beauty without the context of our relationship to God and others. We are like the puzzle pieces. Perhaps, we are an inside piece that longs to be a corner piece with two straight sides. Or we are embarrassed that one of our tabs is shaped weird. But our limitations are chances for us to experience God’s grace and another’s love. Our shortcomings are opportunities to receive God’s forgiveness and work alongside others. Together we create something truly remarkable.
We are God’s handiwork, and he is the master craftsman. What we see as flaws in ourselves are just an opportunity for God to show how he can make something beautiful out of us.
Prayer: God, thank you for being my master craftsman. Help me live so that all of who I am brings you glory. Amen.