The season of Lent has officially begun. Just last night I answered my daughter’s questions about what it means to “give something” up for lent. I tried to explain the concept and how it is to serve as a reminder of the sacrifice God made for us. We also talked about how this season focuses on the events leading up to Easter Sunday, the events leading to Christ’s death, which was a fulfillment of prophecies that were laid out long before his birth. A while back, I came across a website that had mathematically calculated the probability of the prophecies concerning Jesus being fulfilled. According to the Christian Broadcasting Network website, the probability of
“1 person fulfilling 8 prophecies: 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000
1 person fulfilling 48 prophecies: 1 chance in 10 to the 157th power
1 person fulfilling 300+ prophecies: Only Jesus!”
When we consider this amazing feat, we are awe stricken with the power of God. This really shows how God is in control. To think that the prophecies and their fulfillment is mere coincidence is absurd. God had designed the birth, life, and death of Jesus concerning every detail hundreds of years before his coming. Not only had he designed it, but he used the prophets to foretell it. I look at this as one giant jigsaw puzzle. Spread out on God’s table are thousands, actually more like millions, of pieces that he uses to complete the big picture. Each prophecy was a piece of the puzzle. Jesus recognized this as he was betrayed, stopping his disciples from interfering with God’s ultimate plan.
The Lord has an ultimate plan for us, too. We are a part of a bigger design, so big in fact that we may not realize how us fitting into our perfect spot impacts others. Sometimes we feel like a piece outside of the puzzle, like we’re just not quite sure where we fit. But the amazing thing is that even when we are unsure of our place, God already has it prepared for us. Only you can fit into the exact spot God has designated for you.
We can also see this giant jigsaw as our individual life. The pieces represent all of the things going on in our lives. Despite the fact that we sometimes feel overwhelmed — our crazy lives are like the puzzle pieces scattered all over the floor — we can be reminded that God is in control. He will gather the scattered pieces and fit each of them together to achieve His purpose in our life if we let him. We can’t be a stubborn child refusing help to put the puzzle together. Instead we must ask the Lord to show us where the pieces go and then trust that his big picture is more beautiful than anything we could ever imagine. We should, like Jesus, submit to God’s will and allow the maker of the puzzle put it together.
Father, thank you for being in control of my life and the big picture. Help me to trust in your control and feel assured that you have a plan to use me. I pray, Lord, that you show me exactly where I fit into this giant puzzle. When the pieces of my life are scattered, please Father gather them together and arrange them how you see fit. Thank you, Lord, for your power and might and for the big picture you are creating in my life.