As a child, do you remember doing those connect the dots puzzles? The puzzles were dots with numbers that you had to string together to form an image. The directions at the top of the paper would say, “connect the dots to make a _______.” So, with those instructions you started at number one believing that when you came to the last dot and number you would have the complete image. Sometimes the numbers were easy to follow, but most of the time you had to zig and zag to connect the dots. If you continued to follow the sequence of numbers and dots you would have the completed picture that was intended by the designer.
A connect the dots puzzle can be likened to our faith in God. God has designed a specific plan and purpose for each of our lives. The journey we’re on will have ups and downs and zigs and zags. You won’t always know where God is leading you and sometimes He’ll only reveal a portion of the big picture. It’s easy to grow weary of being obedient and walking by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7); sometimes you feel like quitting. But like the connect the dots puzzle, if you don’t connect life’s dots in your unique sequence, or decide to stop drawing, you forfeit seeing the completion of the design. You’ll never know what could have been.
I want to encourage you to stay the course and keep the faith. When we demonstrate faith in God we’re saying we have complete trust and confidence in Him. We are depending on His reliability. As you walk through the path set before you, know that you won’t always understand what God is doing or where He’s taking you. But rest assured there is purpose in everything that we go through and that He works all things together for our good (Romans 8:28). So, keep connecting those dots and watch as God’s master design for your life unfolds.