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Making sense of the good, bad and the ugly

We tend to look at our life events and classify them as good, bad or Ugly. We look at them and evaluate if our decisions were wise. When the outcome is good, we rejoice and celebrate. When the outcome is bad, we regret and mourn over it. Although we try as much to plan for our future, we are limited by our human capacity and may look at things in a more micro view.

But God is able to view our life in both the macro and the micro perspective. God sees things differently from us. He is able to assess our entire life from the helicopter view. Isa 55:9 says His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts than our thoughts.

God does not classify our life events in the way we do. To God, every detail and everything that happens in our life is a piece of jigsaw puzzle on its own. There is nothing good or bad about it. Each detail and event is but a necessary piece to fit into the big picture that completes the puzzle. Every piece in a jigsaw puzzle is cut and shaped for a specific fit. It is intricately designed such that every piece has a specific place and purpose.

We often struggle as we do not see the bigger picture and only see bits and pieces of the jigsaw puzzle. The process to fix the pieces can be very painful, confusing and feeling lost and overwhelmed. Especially when it is a very huge jigsaw puzzle picture, there are thousands and thousands of tiny pieces that mean nothing on its own. The process is arduous and long. Yet, we have the hope and assurance that God is our Creator. Being our Creator, He knows what and why we are created for. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the End and He is the Author and Finisher of our faith. (Rev 1:8, Heb 12:2) While we can only see the pieces of our life, God is able to see the beauty of the overall picture.

God is the Master of fixing all the pieces of jigsaw puzzle in our lives. As the pieces join together, you will  look back and be amazed at how beautifully and intricately God has fitted them together. While we think of and look at some of those pieces as ugly and painful fragments of our past, God has carefully planned how those fragments will eventually come together to make up the beautiful big picture.

Painful and difficult experiences are inevitable in life. Jesus says in John 16:33 that in the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer for He has overcome the world. In this, Jesus promised that despite of the tribulations, we can rejoice because He will give us the ability to overcome. Before every breakthrough, there is always a fight to overcome. God uses challenges to our advantage to enlarge our faith and capacity. God allows challenges as part of His divine plan to take us to the next level of growth and breakthrough.

God also uses our painful past to help encourage others who are going through similar experiences. Without going through pain, you will not be able to show empathy to others who are not having an easy time. Jesus Himself was in all points tempted as we are (yet without sin), therefore He is able to sympathize with our weaknesses. 

The time of realisation will come when you will slowly see how the pieces fit together perfectly in the big picture. You will begin to understand His divine purpose for everything that happens in our life. Without those pieces that you think are unnecessary and ugly, the beautiful picture will not be complete and you will not fulfill your higher calling in Christ.

He is the Master Builder of our life. As we surrender all the pieces to Him, whether they are good, bad or ugly in our eyes. He sees them from His eternity perspective and fits them together so that the good works He has started in us, He will be faithful to complete it.

Jer 29:11-13
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord , thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

John 16:33
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Phil 1:6
Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

Rom 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Dear Heavenly Father, I acknowledge that You are the Creator of my life. You have created me with a divine purpose, plan and calling. While I may not understand the things that have happened in my life especially the painful ones, I choose to put my trust in You that You will make all things work together for my good. For Your thoughts toward me are of good and not of evil, to give me a future and a hope. Indeed, I believe that my future is secure in Your hands. My future is bright as I anchor my hope in You. Through Christ, I will become stronger and better. You will help me to overcome all challenges and that I will come forth victoriously. Thank You for being my Master Builder, piecing together all the pieces of my life. I surrender my whole life to you, placing all the good, bad and the ugly pieces into Your hands that you can complete them into a beautiful picture. I pray that You will continue to lead me to fulfill my purpose and higher calling in You. I pray all these in Jesus' name, Amen!

God bless,

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Making sense of the good, bad and the ugly


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