Completing the jigsaw is only half the challenge. The other is to locate a trail through the maze that will take canoeists from one side of the swamp to the other. 
Eventually we discovered that the designer of the maze had hidden an unusual key to solve the puzzle. The correct route, the only one that that led through the maze, was lined with pelicans. Upon review, the maze was easy—if you knew about the signposts.
When Life Resembles a Maze, Check the Signposts
Sometimes we reflect on the picture of our life or ministry and it seems like a jumble of trials, problems and opportunities. We cannot see how it all fits together. It feels as though we are caught in a swamp, and we are not sure how to navigate our way through it.
The key is revealed when we see that God, the Master Designer of our lives, has been intimately involved all along.
And He wastes nothing.
Your Life’s Purpose
‘For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’ (Eph 2:10)
The Bible tells us that God designs us for a purpose that He has prepared ahead of time. Today I believe He wants to encourage you in your call from Him, regardless of what is taking place right now.
You are destined and appointed by God to be a history maker, to make a difference in this world. Living out your life’s purpose is not only about some distant goal or destination, though. It is about partnering right now with God.
As you reflect back on your life to date, there are many things that God has used—and will continue to use, to help equip you to fulfil His purpose:
- Natural talents as well as skills developed along the way
- Your unique personality, interests and passion
- Trials and wilderness periods allowed by God, as He did with many of His people in the Bible. These have refined your character and prepared you for fruitfulness. 
- Pain, problems or tragedies. Redeemed by your Heavenly Father, these become part of your life message as a testimony or ministry to others
- Positioning—that when you look back, you see God enabled you to be in the right place at the right time for His purposes
- Divine appointments and relationships, as people have been brought into your life for a reason. The input of some people has equipped you to grow spiritually, sharpen different skills and impart wisdom.
- Connecting you with a local church and calling you alongside people to be part of a community of faith
- Opportunities and circumstances that when you have said yes to them, you have grown
Today, God may be speaking to you about an event or issue that has been in your life, saying “Give that into My hands, put your trust in Me and I will redeem it. Know that I am faithful.”
The story of Joseph stands as an encouragement to us. (Genesis 30-50) None of the trials Joseph went through were wasted. God used everything to prepare and equip him for what was ahead in the call of God on his life.
Maybe you are reflecting on a vocation or ministry, and you are not sure how it fits together. Perhaps it even feels broken.
Today, take a fresh look at God your Redeemer. Put the pieces of that puzzle in His hands and allow Him to do His work of grace. Ultimately, you will see that things fit together in some way, unforeseen by you but ordained ahead of time by God.
Postscript: Jesus is with you
Immediately after I wrote the above analogy about the swamp, I was taking a break, enjoying some British TV. In the episode, a bride and groom became caught in a muddy swamp, at night. The bride’s white gown was becoming covered in mud. Eventually they found their way out.
It was a vivid parable of what I had just been writing.
Someone needs to be reminded, Jesus is with you in the circumstances—He has been with you all along. And He knows the way out. A couple of verses come to mind:
‘Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor [trouble] a door of hope. There she will respond as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt. “In that day,” declares the Lord, “you will call me ‘my husband’; you will no longer call me ‘my master.’ (Hosea 2:14-16, NIV)
‘I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.’ (Ps 40:1-3, NIV)
 Google’s dictionary definition of swamp is ‘an area of low-lying, uncultivated ground where water collects’
 For more of how God uses a wilderness season, see Going Through a Testing Season In Your Spiritual Gifts
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