I’ve ‘done’ my fair share of Jigsaws in my time.
At the start there is a jumbled mass of weird shapes that seem to make absolutely no sense whatsoever.
But we ‘know’ intuitively, or from past experiences, or the words of others whom we trust, that this jumble can actually be ‘sorted’ and something beautiful may be revealed from within this mass of mess and seeming chaos.
Perhaps something resembling the picture on the outside of the box? 😉
And if we are so inclined we begin to ‘sort’ this jumble into something we can understand that makes ‘sense’ to us.
Some people will firstly sift through the chaos and detect that there are some things that some pieces have in ‘common’ – and ‘separate’ things which share a common ‘theme’. Some will select those pieces with a single ‘straight’ edge ( or two) thinking these pieces can form the ‘frame’ within which all other pieces have to fit.
Some may sort the pieces into similar colours (and name them ‘sky’, ‘grass’ or ‘sea’, etc.) And some will sort pieces into similar shapes, if there are significantly differing ones.
Some will look for an ‘obvious’ image from the picture and seek out the parts that likely make it up and put them together first, Some will make the frame first and some may do something else.
It does not matter what ‘order’ you chose – as long as the final outcome is obtained. – The ‘Finished Picture’.
There are times i feel like the thing i call ‘Life’ is a giant jigsaw puzzle and sometimes a couple of pieces come together in ways i never expected and make me think there are ‘connections to all things’ that i never saw until ‘today’. That unlike a ‘regular’ jigsaw, there are actually many ‘layers’ to the Jigsaw of Life and they interlink not only ‘sideways’ but up and own in 3 dimensions as well.
In ways that can truly boggle my tiny finite and limited mind.
One of the most persistent ways i ‘notice’ pieces is in the interconnection between some words (created from an ‘Alphabet’ – that ours has a deal in common with other languages from our past) and in our numbering system that seemingly has nothing to do with the Alphabet at first glance – or some inspection for that matter 🙂
I am often amazed at the way these two ‘jigsaws’ intersect.
Latest ‘example’: ( i was thinking a lot about Genesis and Adam and Eve and connected things)
Adam was the First man according to Genesis. The first man God ‘created’ from the earth. One Man, man Number One. (1)
Eve was actually made by God from Adam – from a part of Adam (Rib)- God’s Second Creation of ‘man’, from the First man and thus was actually a ‘Second Generation’ of man, not an original Creation like Adam was ( made from the earth) but a creation from the creature (creation) at the Hand of God.
So Eve was ‘Man’ Number Two, but created ‘fe-male’ ( from male?)
Adam is One Man (Odd number – Odd most frequently represents ‘God’ (seen as Male) and ‘perfect’ 1, 3, 7, etc)
Eve is Two Man ( t’wo-man) ( an EVE-nnumber? – 2, 4, 6, 8, etc)
ADD Man (1) to Woman (2) and you will always get an ODD number (1+2= 3) – Man (odd) starts again.
If we are Single-minded (One having Superiority) we will either follow God – or follow our own mind/choices.
If we are Double (Eve-n, Equally superior to each other) minded we will be struggling between two opposing choices (Good/Evil) – God’s Will or our own
According to the Bible God has made man to have TWO ‘body’s’, one Physical and One Spiritual. If the Spiritual one is ‘Graced’ by the Holy Spirit (God) and brought back to ‘full’ life then we are to have it as our ‘Single’ (superior) mind at all times and so do God’s Will rather than rebel against His wishes.
If our Spiritual Body has not been ‘quickened’ by the Holy Spirit our body has been said to be ‘dead’ and it is believed it was this body that was Present and alive in Adam and in Eve that ‘died’ when they ate of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
Some insist that because we are the descendants of Adam and Eve and not directly of God that we are also dead in Spirit – even though it is also believed we have a human ‘spirit’ (can any human create the spirit?) – unless and until the Holy Ghost is ‘received’ within us by reason of us making the conscious choice by our physical mind to ‘accept’ Christ as our personal Saviour.
At which point we are ‘given’ a New Body (while still having our old physical one that will still die the same as anyone else, only we will have been given the power to take it with us to heaven? or to the new earth? – it can get a little confusing when you try to nail it down sometimes.
So ‘pre-Christ’ we have a live physical body and a dead Spiritual one, but have our ‘own’ spirit. Then once we ‘accept’ Christ we have a NEW body, are made New? and then have a physical body and a living Spiritual Body (and our ‘own’ spirit still? or does that ‘die’ to us?)
But according to Paul in Galatians the Spirit and the Flesh are in opposition one to the other and we have to choose to walk in the Spirit than in the flesh. He seems to say this is possible while the flesh lives but that the flesh is crucified if we are Christ’s. (Gal Ch 5)
Piece by piece the various layers of this jigsaw come together.