Over the years we've created a sort of tradition of getting a new puzzle over the holidays and completing it during our break from school and work. This year we got a 1000 piece Thomas Kinkade puzzle. Its always a fun challenge, but we took longer to finish it this year. We put the final pieces in just a couple days ago. It was fun, but I'm ready to have my dining room table back!
One fun thing about a puzzle is realizing just how important each and every part is. Without one of the pieces, the picture is not complete. Each piece is unique and plays an important role in creating the whole picture. What a weird and boring puzzle this would have been if every piece had been green! But because each one is different, it forms a beautiful picture when they are all put together.
It strikes me as a great analogy of the Body of Christ. Each one of us is very important to the whole. The Church needs each believer, using his or her God-given gifts to be whole. The picture just isn't complete without each one.
"But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body."
1 Corinthians 12:18-20