Puzzled and Frazzled?

Larry McAuley

READ : Romans 8:18, 28

Life is full of puzzles. Some of them are fun. Our family likes to do 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles. But many of life’s puzzles are not only frustrating; they can take the joy out of life. How do you endure when bad things happen? How do you solve life’s bad sometimes ugly puzzles?

One thing for sure, we cannot solve them by looking within ourselves. We don’t have the strength, the insight, nor the resources to solve puzzles like, “Why do bad things happen to good people?”

I had a pilot friend who flew a helicopter for mission work in Kenya. He told me that he could fly a straight course only when he kept looking at a distant mountain. Otherwise, the winds would blow him off course.

Therein lies the solution to solving life’s bad puzzles. We must keep our eyes fixed on the distant goal. The distant goal in verse 18 is our eager expectation of the glorious freedom and the final transformation of believers. Life’s puzzles have a purpose. God designs them to build us up-to make us more like Jesus. Life’s puzzles seem less alarming when we focus on the glory God has prepared for us.


God, my Father, teach me to trust that you are working out life’s puzzles to your glory and my good.