Lately I’ve been feeling as if I am either missing a piece of the puzzle or haven’t quite figured out which piece I need to pick up. I think this is why I don’t have much patience for actual jigsaw puzzles. The “searching and trying to understand” phase begins to hurt my brain and I need to step back , make more coffee, and pray. 🙂
I’ve also been feeling a little like Moses…unqualified. This is a season of stepping out of my comfort zone and taking on more challenging roles. I’ve been doing many new things, solving problems and learning to communicate (my 2016 One Word) more effectively. I’m praying God continues to put (not just one but many) Aarons on the path and in my life to help me. I also need to remind myself (daily) that I AM is simply asking me to trust Him and to follow where He leads.
This morning I thought about a post I wrote 7 months ago when this new chapter and new adventure all started. A puzzle piece was placed on the table and I picked it up and placed it where it belonged. The piece I picked up complimented my 2015 One Word too–small.
Here’s an excerpt from that post:
I recently said “yes” to a part-time assistant position at my church. In many ways this direction is big. It will require adjustments in my weekly schedule. It will require me to learn new things. I have no doubt that this new chapter will stretch and grow me. Yet as I read through the mission and vision statements of my church, I realized how this step, this decision, really is just a small piece of a bigger puzzle…
I smiled as I read these words.
“We see ourselves as a small part of a God-glorifying movement to make disciples of all nations.”
“Small things matter. Don’t forget the key.”
Small intentional steps placed in the hands of a Big God cease to be small.
I think of David, the small shepherd boy, bravely standing up to a giant with his slingshot and his five stones. “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty” -1 Samuel 17:45
I think of what an all-powerful God can accomplish with just a tiny mustard seed of faith. -Matthew 17:20
I think of Moses when he tells God “if Your presence doesn’t go with us, then don’t send us” Which translates into… God, if BIG YOU doesn’t go with SMALL US…then don’t let us move! -Exodus 33:15
Today’s post is a reminder to me and to you too if you need to hear it. I can’t make progress on my own. I need the great I AM. I need Aarons. I need prayer. Those three pieces of the puzzle are ones I must always be willing to grab hold of and place them where they’re needed. Always.
Saw this quote on Twitter last night. I needed the reminder:
“Progress is more important than perfection.”