Every once in a while I'll attempt one of those 1000+ piece jigsaw puzzles. There are certain tricks to them: to start by finding the edge first; work your way in; group similar colours together. Even then, jigsaw puzzles are challenging, and in the midst of it I sometimes wonder if the manufacturers made a mistake - if maybe they missed a few pieces or something.
God made us in His image, and that means that we don't get to contain ourselves within a neat little boxed border and expect to be content.
Proverbs 25:2 says "It's the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter."
God delights in our discovery. Discovering Him, ourselves, and each other. Just like we put together a puzzle for sheer enjoyment, and the excitement of discovery and progress, God made us for the simple pleasure of getting to know us, and us Him. However, when we begin to take our focus off the joy and fun, that puzzle we're forming in our lives becomes a task. It becomes a chore, and the when the goal becomes "just to get it done," we lose the pleasure of it. We get frustrated. Depending on your anger management skills (or lack thereof) you might even get angry at the Manufacturer for making it so dang hard.
But progress isn't the purpose. How much you get done, and how successful you become, isn't the point. Not if it's at the expense of losing the enjoyment with God and ourselves along the way. Quite the contrary. Relationship with God is the purpose for all of us. That's where it starts. Not only that, but you can only fully discover your individual purpose - the unique picture He's created of your life - when you live in the reality that you are completely and passionately loved by Him. Oh man, that's so good - let me say it again:
We can only fully discover our purpose when we live in the reality that we are completely and passionately loved by God.
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." - Jeremiah 29:11
It doesn't happen by accident. Discovery is intentional - as much in a relationship with God as it is with friends and lovers. While there may be mystery surrounding God (and ourselves), it's a mystery that He's given us the keys and tools to solve. The Bible is His heart toward us penned in a story; Jesus is His heart toward us displayed in His life, sacrifice, and resurrection; the Holy Spirit is His heart toward us in giving us the ultimate Counselor and Comforter, with all the wisdom we would ever need for this life and the next.
What would we, a community of believers, look like when we determine in each of our hearts to discover just how much God loves us? How would we handle circumstances and challenges in the light that He is completely on our side? How would we view the puzzle of our lives?
Life might be one great big puzzle, and because we're loved by God we get to discover it with Him, in a way that's filled with ultimate joy, anticipation, and excitement!