During this time in lockdown, I have finally delved into my collection of 3D jigsaw puzzles, and pondered a few life lessons while having fun.
Building a complex puzzle with a few hundred pieces can be analogous to the spiritual life. In the beginning, you are provided with a variety of raw materials. It can be a confusing, daunting jumble at first, but if you have a system in place, you can work through it. As with 2D puzzles, the easiest method is to locate all the edge pieces and start from there. In the spiritual life, your basic building blocks are Scripture and prayers like the Our Father and Hail Mary — once you have those fundamental elements set up, you can advance to the next level. You can never do without them — all the other levels are contingent on a firm base being in place.
Finding puzzle pieces can be a frustrating process, just as figuring out your vocation can be difficult. Sometimes, especially if it is a secondhand puzzle, you may despair of ever locating the correct piece! But with faith and perseverance, often after several wrong attempts, everything finally clicks into place. It can really help to have a friend’s perspective as well! You may have to go hunting in the bag of discarded filler bits; it is the same in life, where something you thought non-essential may prove to be a valuable missing piece that completes the picture.
Even if there are missing pieces, as long as you have the majority of the puzzle, be content! Not everything will be fulfilled in this life. It is good to be thankful for what we already have.
In the end, a puzzle is only a derivation of the real thing; and this life is merely a shadow of that which is to come.
Has lockdown inspired any spiritual musings in you? Feel free to comment below, or send in a submission!