This past weekend, I watched a friend’s video of him putting together a swing set/play house for his daughters. Naturally he didn’t record the entire two day project, but just some clips of what he was doing and some thoughts.
I’m pretty sure that the things he was saying were, in fact, planned out and purposeful with a message about current events (after all, he was the youth minister where I was the preaching minister for several years...I’m sure I rubbed off on him some!).
He started by pointing out that when you are working with predrilled holes, sometimes the holes don’t line up exactly...so you just have to do the best that you can with what you have. (He was also quick to point out that he was completely confident that it would be perfectly safe for his daughters to play on when it was finished: the holes weren’t perfect, but close enough to allow things to fit together.)
Such is the case today. Not everything in life is going to line up perfectly. Not everything in life is going to be exactly like we want it to be. Sometimes all we can do is the best we can with what God gives us. In the end, we trust that everything will work out “perfectly safe” (after all, God is the giver - see James 1:17 - and we can trust Him to be sure that things will “fit together” for our good - see Romans 8:28).
A second point that he made was that the instructions (which he read...weird, I know) had the assembler put together different parts of the set before they were all put together.
Rather than starting on one side and moving toward the other side, you assemble the two ends and middle support, etc. before it is all put together. Before they are all put together, all the assembled pieces may look a little strange...but then it all comes together and looks perfect.
Sometimes the pieces of our life may look a little strange...perhaps we may even start to think that there is no way they could ever come together. Yet if we allow the Right One to do the assembly, in the end we find that our life is exactly what He wants it to be.
So as we muddle through this time, remember that eventually everything will fit securely together and that we can trust the Assembler to make certain that it will come out perfect!