A family member once left a comment here about me that included reference to shoes, Starbucks and scrapbooking. Admittedly, I am overly sensitive and felt that the reference arbitrarily summed up my interests (and me for that matter) in one sentence. I thought to myself, "How awfully shallow I am." Just so you know, I may talk about those three things more than I do others, but I assure you, I am trying to spend a larger amount of time discussing God.
I have had the opportunity to write for our MOMs newsletter recently, and it has been a growing experience. It’s funny how when you least expect it, God is ready to stretch and grow you out of your comfort zone. Here is a short article that appeared last month.
The Bigger Picture
By Susie Sincock
"Now I know only in part; then I will know fully." (1 Corinthians 13:12)
As my daughters and I were recently putting a small puzzle together, it occurred to me how much life is like a jigsaw puzzle – each event, each celebration, each question and trial represents just a small portion of the bigger picture- the one which God has planned out for our lives.
There is a time commitment involved when putting a jigsaw puzzle together- it is not likely you will complete a puzzle at a half-hour sitting- nor will you see the whole image instantly after finding places for just a few pieces to fit. Finding the right pieces to complete the puzzle involves patience, perseverance and many times, missteps.
Isn’t life the same way? God sees the big picture and while we work through the details of each piece- some pieces fit together signifying a larger portion of His plan in place. Meanwhile, other pieces need to be set aside until His direction takes us back to that area of our life to work out. It is those pieces on the side that we must have a willingness to allow God’s hand in so we can move forward in the right direction.
With a ready heart to let Him guide us in life, we will know the joy and fulfillment of trusting God to work out the details. Proverbs 16:9 says: “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” By allowing Him to place the details of our life together, the bigger picture of His plan will surface. It is only then that there will be less “me” forcing the odd appendages of the puzzle pieces to together and more Him working in our life.
A bonus if you read all the way down her- last week, a writer for Newsweek magazine contacted me regarding a topic I previously posted. Apparently, he is writing a book about the real estate boom in America and was interested in the rise of HGTV and its effect on the interest in real estate. He happened upon my blog after a google search landed him here. So, on Wednesday afternoon, Little Ms. Susie Homemaker was interviewed by a nationally known magazine dude. I don’t know if he will include anything I said in his upcoming book, but I thought it was something kind of cool to share