I’m back. No real plans were made to take any time away from my blog but as it goes in my life, if nothing is on the tip of my fingers to type, no typing necessary. This morning is a completely different day though so I’m typing away. ☺ This of course might not mean a hill of beans to you, but as I’ve shared writing is another therapeutic outlet for me. GOD is the author and editor of me. Though I puzzle people, GOD is never ever puzzled by me, or even you for that matter. What, you thought different? You thought because life isn’t coming together all perfectly planned as you thought, GOD is not in control. Oh dear child you could not be further from the truth. In fact because this untruth goes against the very grain of the Truth of Scripture, I’ll do one better for you than just voicing/typing that, I’ll share Scripture and explain. Sound good? No, well close the puzzled look on your face and go away. All other people pieces stay where you are and read on! ☺
puzzle n. Something that a person cannot understand or explain. 2. A game or toy in which parts must be fitted together correctly, mainly for entertainment.
puzzle v. To bewilder mentally.
puzzled adj. Bewildered; confused.
Pieces Of The Bigger Puzzle
Yes, yes there is a bigger picture puzzle to be looking at. Explain? Sure enough. I’ve been dealing with a lot of conflict as of late. It’s not just come in one area of my life but from several aspects of my life on several different occasions. It’s been a bit disheartening to say the least. It also has caught me off guard on occasion and that, that is the thing that has bothered me more than any of the conflict. How so? How can you not being on your game bother you more than the actual conflict? I see I’m going to have to do a lot of explaining today… which pretty much sums up what happens when we in the Body get our pieces out of joint and we begin to focus on the inside of the world instead of the picture GOD has given us to view and follow as a guide on our life box.
Puzzle Master – “I GOD”
First off if I share that GOD is thee GOD and there are no other gods. All other gods are man-made not real deal GOD. Sorry, those are my beliefs and being this is my blog I have complete entitlement to share that. Again, if this is not your belief or something I just said gets your pieces in a jumbled puzzle, step away from this blog. I’m not trying to be rude, I love ya but we are just going to have to agree to disagree here. I’m not up to nor am I wanting to argue/listen to you discuss your viewpoint if all you want to do is try to convince me otherwise. If you say what you believe or disbelieve is personal to you, believe this, it’s that much so true for the Bible Believing CHRIST-centered CHRISTian as well. So, there ya go. That is not a rude a statement by a CHRIST centered Bible Believing woman, it is just the fact of my life, of the lives of many who’ve given their life over to the Lord. I know what I know, and further more, I believe what I believe. I’m good with you believing what you believe, that’s you. This however is and will remain my beliefs. I can still love you no matter what though, so you can believe that as well. That is sometimes the difference between the unbelievers and the CHRISTian. You don’t like what we believe, but we believe it any way. We would of course love you to believe what we believe, and we can and should love you no matter what. It’s not about fighting over who’s right, it’s respecting the difference and ability to choose to say what we say we believe. Enough said….? Probably not, right? LOL You didn’t really think I’d be finished with just that and “the end”?
Why it is that you get your puzzled face when I believe what I believe I do not know. As far as I know we all have the power to agree to disagree. In that some of the world who say they believe what I believe though, will be accepting of others beliefs and call it some sort of universal belief, that I can’t do that. I can’t and I won’t. I can’t because GOD’s Word, the Bible, which is at the forefront of all that is of my beliefs, says I cannot. So if you run into someone who says they believe there are many ways to Heaven but they are a CHRISTian, CHRIST is the very Word of GOD, so how is it He would say something contrary to what He says. Sorry, that’s a misfitted puzzle belief that has no place in the world of thee GOD, the GOD of the Bible.
7-8“But blessed is the man who trusts me, God,
the woman who sticks with God.
They’re like trees replanted in Eden,
putting down roots near the rivers—
Never a worry through the hottest of summers,
never dropping a leaf,
Serene and calm through droughts,
bearing fresh fruit every season.
9-10“The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful,
a puzzle that no one can figure out.
But I, God, search the heart
and examine the mind.
I get to the heart of the human.
I get to the root of things.
I treat them as they really are,
not as they pretend to be.”
Small Puzzle Pieces
32-34Back on the road, they set out for Jerusalem. Jesus had a head start on them, and they were following, puzzled and not just a little afraid. He took the Twelve and began again to go over what to expect next. “Listen to me carefully. We’re on our way up to Jerusalem. When we get there, the Son of Man will be betrayed to the religious leaders and scholars. They will sentence him to death. Then they will hand him over to the Romans, who will mock and spit on him, give him the third degree, and kill him. After three days he will rise alive.”
Being misunderstood and being confused at times, even not being able to see the big puzzle picture of why some things are happening is how life is. We are still like those early followers and believers, we sometimes take our eyes off of, and out of the Word of GOD and we begin to see things that don’t fit into the big puzzle GOD has planned out. We don’t often mean to do this, we just get so caught up in wanting to complete a portion of our life’s planned out puzzle we focus only on the outward pieces forgetting that the big picture that comes together has everything to do with, well… everything!
What are the hardest puzzles to do? Glad you asked, because they of course are the ones with many pieces, and not just many pieces but also small puzzle pieces. Are you seeing now where I’m going with this? We are indeed the small picture of the bigger puzzle being assembled.
The More It Comes Together The Harder It Gets
Check out the passage below. We are viewing life as it unfolded in the heart of those who were living with Jesus. Read on…
9-11They left the tomb and broke the news of all this to the Eleven and the rest. Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them kept telling these things to the apostles, but the apostles didn’t believe a word of it, thought they were making it all up.
12But Peter jumped to his feet and ran to the tomb. He stooped to look in and saw a few grave clothes, that’s all. He walked away puzzled, shaking his head.
The Road to Emmaus
1-2Later Jesus was going about his business in Galilee. He didn’t want to travel in Judea because the Jews there were looking for a chance to kill him. It was near the time of Tabernacles, a feast observed annually by the Jews. 3-5His brothers said, “Why don’t you leave here and go up to the Feast so your disciples can get a good look at the works you do? No one who intends to be publicly known does everything behind the scenes. If you’re serious about what you are doing, come out in the open and show the world.” His brothers were pushing him like this because they didn’t believe in him either.
6-8Jesus came back at them, “Don’t crowd me. This isn’t my time. It’s your time—it’s always your time; you have nothing to lose. The world has nothing against you, but it’s up in arms against me. It’s against me because I expose the evil behind its pretensions. You go ahead, go up to the Feast. Don’t wait for me. I’m not ready. It’s not the right time for me.”
9-11He said this and stayed on in Galilee. But later, after his family had gone up to the Feast, he also went. But he kept out of the way, careful not to draw attention to himself. The Jews were already out looking for him, asking around, “Where is that man?”
12-13There was a lot of contentious talk about him circulating through the crowds. Some were saying, “He’s a good man.” But others said, “Not so. He’s selling snake oil.” This kind of talk went on in guarded whispers because of the intimidating Jewish leaders.
Could It Be the Messiah?
14-15With the Feast already half over, Jesus showed up in the Temple, teaching. The Jews were impressed, but puzzled: “How does he know so much without being schooled?” 16-19Jesus said, “I didn’t make this up. What I teach comes from the One who sent me. Anyone who wants to do his will can test this teaching and know whether it’s from God or whether I’m making it up. A person making things up tries to make himself look good. But someone trying to honor the one who sent him sticks to the facts and doesn’t tamper with reality. It was Moses, wasn’t it, who gave you God’s Law? But none of you are living it. So why are you trying to kill me?”
20The crowd said, “You’re crazy! Who’s trying to kill you? You’re demon-possessed.”
21-24Jesus said, “I did one miraculous thing a few months ago, and you’re still standing around getting all upset, wondering what I’m up to. Moses prescribed circumcision—originally it came not from Moses but from his ancestors—and so you circumcise a man, dealing with one part of his body, even if it’s the Sabbath. You do this in order to preserve one item in the Law of Moses. So why are you upset with me because I made a man’s whole body well on the Sabbath? Don’t be nitpickers; use your head—and heart!—to discern what is right, to test what is authentically right.”
25-27That’s when some of the people of Jerusalem said, “Isn’t this the one they were out to kill? And here he is out in the open, saying whatever he pleases, and no one is stopping him. Could it be that the rulers know that he is, in fact, the Messiah? And yet we know where this man came from. The Messiah is going to come out of nowhere. Nobody is going to know where he comes from.”
28-29That provoked Jesus, who was teaching in the Temple, to cry out, “Yes, you think you know me and where I’m from, but that’s not where I’m from. I didn’t set myself up in business. My true origin is in the One who sent me, and you don’t know him at all. I come from him—that’s how I know him. He sent me here.”
30-31They were looking for a way to arrest him, but not a hand was laid on him because it wasn’t yet God’s time. Many from the crowd committed themselves in faith to him, saying, “Will the Messiah, when he comes, provide better or more convincing evidence than this?”
32-34The Pharisees, alarmed at this seditious undertow going through the crowd, teamed up with the high priests and sent their police to arrest him. Jesus rebuffed them: “I am with you only a short time. Then I go on to the One who sent me. You will look for me, but you won’t find me. Where I am, you can’t come.”
35-36The Jews put their heads together. “Where do you think he is going that we won’t be able to find him? Do you think he is about to travel to the Greek world to teach the Jews? What is he talking about, anyway: ‘You will look for me, but you won’t find me,’ and ‘Where I am, you can’t come’?”
37-39On the final and climactic day of the Feast, Jesus took his stand. He cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Rivers of living water will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone who believes in me this way, just as the Scripture says.” (He said this in regard to the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were about to receive. The Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus had not yet been glorified.)
40-44Those in the crowd who heard these words were saying, “This has to be the Prophet.” Others said, “He is the Messiah!” But others were saying, “The Messiah doesn’t come from Galilee, does he? Don’t the Scriptures tell us that the Messiah comes from David’s line and from Bethlehem, David’s village?” So there was a split in the crowd over him. Some went so far as wanting to arrest him, but no one laid a hand on him.
45That’s when the Temple police reported back to the high priests and Pharisees, who demanded, “Why didn’t you bring him with you?”
46The police answered, “Have you heard the way he talks? We’ve never heard anyone speak like this man.”
47-49The Pharisees said, “Are you carried away like the rest of the rabble? You don’t see any of the leaders believing in him, do you? Or any from the Pharisees? It’s only this crowd, ignorant of God’s Law, that is taken in by him—and damned.”
50-51Nicodemus, the man who had come to Jesus earlier and was both a ruler and a Pharisee, spoke up. “Does our Law decide about a man’s guilt without first listening to him and finding out what he is doing?”
52-53But they cut him off. “Are you also campaigning for the Galilean? Examine the evidence. See if any prophet ever comes from Galilee.”
Then they all went home.
Until all have heard of and know, His Love,