When the Puzzle Pieces Do Not Fit

Often times we are composed of many layers. Our lives are composed of complex pieces that do not always create the perfect picture. How wonderful that the Master can look at our scattered puzzle and create MasterPieces.

My favorite part of the day was sitting with my children fresh from an evening run to “play.” My oldest asked me how I wanted to make the train track.  He, of course, actually put the pieces together.  Sometimes, he would correct me,tell me I could not use the piece I asked him to put down or face it the way I wanted it to face because the remaining pieces of the train track would cause the train to run into a wall or a bed or a person.

Then, I spent my remaining time sifting through what seemed like hundreds of Thomas the train minis (actually number – 52) to see if I could line them up in the correct categories.  I had nothing to lose or win.  I had already decided to take the Sabbath off from anything blog related, which clears up a humongous amount of time.

I thought about what I may write in my conversation with God today.  I got lost.  So much has happened that I do not know where to begin.  My first blog for the Love of People will happen soon about my natural hair journey.  I have learned even more about budgeting, saving, and couponing.  The school year is looming, and the removal of my free time is petrifying to say the least.  And I posted a photo where I had abs that I have never seen.  I wondered how exercise fit into the picture. I was asked to write a weekly blog for an author, and while, I did not know all the details, I knew what writing for her and a natural hair care line could be HUGE…bigger than HUGE.

During my run earlier in the day, I told God, the pieces did not fit.  I needed direction. I knew I was called to write but the people who cared about my natural hair did not care about my fitness journey.  And the people who wanted to know my fitness secrets DID NOT want to know about my minimalist lifestyle.  My Christian community of moms and wives may or may not had any interest in any of the above. Who did You want me to reach?

And He smiled, and He said, “Yes.”

“Yes what, God.  Yes what?  You did not answer the question.”

“Absolutely,” He responded.

The He grew silent despite my demands for an explanation.  My mind raced.  I did not get it.  There were all these parts of me that appeal to different types of people, and I have been told over and over to find my niche – to do what makes me passionate.

But I loved it all.  I loved finding an amazing freebie, seeing the results of consistent exercise even on an Orlando vacation.  I loved decluttering and minimizing.  I could not write about ALL OF THEM.  So many pieces to a puzzle that did not flow.

The pieces of me did not fit.  They did not make a picture without being forced.

Then I heard the words of my husband at the dinner table.  “We are minimalists,” he said.

Not you…WE.  I questioned to ensure he meant to say what he accidentally said, to ensure I heard him correctly, and he confirmed that we are minimalists.

We are cleaning out corners and cutting back.  We are getting rid of what we do not need.  WE.

And God smiled again, “Your pieces are not about you, Brittany.  You pieces are about we.”

He continued, “What I need people to see are the pieces – ALL OF YOUR PIECES.  You have people who look forward to hearing from you.  They need  to hear from you…as you…with all of your forced together pieces.

We are on this journey.  Not just you.  We.  Think of your oldest and his Thomas the train minis.  All different categories and colors…52 completely different parts of one complete set.

“Even better, think of you creating whatever track your heart decided.  You could use small tracks, big tracks, curved tracks, or straight tracks.  Your only instruction came when you were about to run into an object that would impede progress for the entire operation.

“That’s who I am.  I am your oldest child.  I have given you the pieces of all shapes and sizes to make a masterpiece.  I do not care how you use them.  I will only bother you to keep you from running into walls or people.  I just need you to use all the pieces.

“Let Me worry about putting them together.”

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Often times we are composed of many layers. Our lives are composed of complex pieces that do not always create the perfect picture. How wonderful that the Master can look at our scattered puzzle and create MasterPieces.

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17 thoughts on “When the Puzzle Pieces Do Not Fit

  1. The pieces of you fit just the way your Creator, the Master Artist, intended them to fit. You are too close to see it, perhaps, but He can see it from His vantage point. I like His yes!
    And yes, you can write about all of them, with God’s help. He won’t ask you to do anything that He doesn’t intend to equip you to do. And as they say in Veggie Tales, “God made you special, and He loves you very much!” 😊

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  2. So good!! Don’t you just love when God gives you those one-word answers?! But I love how He gave you the rest of it through your life. I love it and look forward to reading all the pieces of your story!!

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  3. So often we get tied up with WHAT to do and WHAT NOT TO DO rather than seeing that God has given us so many directions in HIs word about HOW to do everything. There is no Bullseye, which God wants us to find when it comes to DOING the right thing. We have so much freedom to chose many different things, to reflect who we are as God has made us. We honour God and walk with Him when we do all these things in ways that reflect His character, when we walk as His image bearers. And you are right…He will direct our paths.

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  4. As I was reading, I was wanting to shout at you, “but all of those things, they are all a part of YOU!” We are all so much more complex than one narrow path of interests. I gave up on blogging because finding my niche made me hate writing: focusing on only one part of me left me feeling unbalanced and unheard. You have such a beautiful gift – let it flourish without being stifled. I know I will not be the only one who finds all of your parts worth knowing.
    xo

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    1. I thought you may actually come back after a break Allison – to talk about the “other” parts of you without all the pressure of deadlines and promo. Thanks so much for the kind words. They mean so much coming from you. I’m just learning this – life, blogging. motherhood..me. The more I learn, the less I know. So I just hold on to God for dear life. I hold on to the people I love for dear life. Probably too tight. But they love me for me…and for that I am forever grateful.

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  5. Amen to this: “Let Me worry about putting them together.” Just write what He puts on your heart. He will do the rest. I think all your topics sound wonderful :). I’m a wanna be minimalist, but unfortunately more of a hoarder. It’s hard to decide as writers what pieces to show, but I love the thought of show them all! Thank you for that important revelation.

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  6. Amen to this: “Let Me worry about putting them together.” Just write what He puts on your heart. He will do the rest. I think all your topics sound wonderful :). I’m a wanna be minimalist, but unfortunately more of a hoarder. It’s hard to decide as writers what pieces to show, but I love the thought of show them all! Thank you for that important revelation.

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  7. Wow, I really needed to hear this today. The human side of me always wants to know how the “pieces” fit together. How every step I make in a direction will turn out. Yet if I am to truly live my faith, I cannot live by sight or truly know how all my pieces will fit or how everything will turn out. Truly trusting in God to put our pieces together is such a freeing feeling. It always us to just be who He created us to be and let Him worry about the rest!

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    1. Yeeessss 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 I’m notorious for trying to figure things out. Where is this going? Why is this happening this way? I want the final answer. Truth is, most of the time, the bigger picture is beyond our understanding. We can only see and understand our piece on a small level.

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  8. I so identify with your problem of fitting the pieces into a niche. I have heard that advice too! BUT God does not operate in a niche! Since you have prayed about this and got your answer, go for it with all your pieces! You got my interest and I don’t even have black hair, but my husband and I are minimalist too. And I need fitness tips/encouragement because I have bone loss. Yeah I don’t have kids at home anymore. I have 9 grandkids! HaHa but I still like you and your blog.

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