Amy Troyer | Director of Special Needs Ministry
Have you ever studied a puzzle piece before? Each piece fits into another perfectly! You cannot make it fit if it was not meant to be placed there. Each and every piece has a specific place to be to create the whole picture.
I attended a special needs conference last spring where they used pink and green puzzle piece to teach us the “Puzzle Piece Perspective,” and how we see each other and how we should see each other.
The green half of the puzzle piece represents the areas we are good at and things we enjoy. The pink half of the puzzle piece represents our hot spots or areas we struggle with. If you had a puzzle piece in front of you and you wrote on the green side your strengths and the pink side your areas of struggle, what would it look like? I am sure yours would look like mine, with something written on each half of the puzzle piece because each one of us, special needs or not, is made up of both green and pink. Psalm 139:13 says, “for you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Our Creator does not make puzzle pieces that are all pink, or all green. We are created with both strengths and weaknesses. Each of us has been given a gift to contribute to our community and our church.
Just as puzzle pieces are meant to fit together to create a whole, each of us are made to come alongside one another and support each other to make up the body of Christ.
Places where I am strong, I can come alongside of you. Places where you are strong, you can support me. We fit together like a puzzle in the body of Christ and together we make a beautiful picture. However, if we leave one out of the picture the body is not complete.
Not only did God handcraft each one of us, but He places each one of us in the perfect place to make up the whole.
1 Corinthians 12:18 says, “But in fact, God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as He wanted them to be.” Isn’t it wonderful to know you have been beautifully designed and placed by your Creator? It’s amazing how a puzzle perspective can change how we see and relate to one another.
(Accessible Gospel, Inclusive Worship. Barbara J Newman)