Have you ever spent hours and hours working on a jigsaw puzzle
only to discover that one piece is missing?
That is exactly what my daughters and I experienced over the holidays.
We were practically glued for hours and hours
to the table covered with what seemed like
a million little pieces.
1000 to be exact.
Excitement mounted as we first completed the outline
and gradually the puzzle began to take shape.
And those last few hours that we worked putting each piece in its place were so much fun.
But in the end
one piece was missing. Discouragement flooded in where excitement had been.
We had had no way of knowing that a piece was missing in the beginning.
A new puzzle. Never opened before.
But, well, it didn’t matter in the end. That one missing piece was nowhere to be found.
As I meet with people from all walks of life
sometimes I sense a similar emptiness.
Like a jigsaw with one missing piece they are missing peace.
And no amount of education or great job or beautiful home or fantastic relationship
can fill that hole.
A small verse hidden in Psalm 34:14 says ‘seek peace and pursue it. ‘
How do we seek peace?
How do we PURSUE it?
When I really am seeking something or someone
I am very intentional about all my efforts.
I run after it with determination just as I worked so hard
to complete an international adoption
During that time, all my moments and energy were invested in doing everything I could to adopt my child.
Nothing was too hard.
Nothing distracted me.
Could it be that our quest for peace demands that same investment from us?
We must say no to anything that distracts us from peace
and seize every opportunity to pursue it.
So may you be refreshed by peace this new year
as you seek to know the Prince of Peace personally.
“Let him who means to love life, and see good days, seek peace and pursue it”(1Peter 3:10-11).
Are you missing peace?
Finding that peace will bring you joy, satisfactions and a sense of wholeness
like nothing else you’ve ever known.