The Missing Peace

“Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?” Luke 15:8

This is kind of the way I felt the other day as I finished a puzzle and discovered that I was missing a piece! Oh, it’s the nightmare of every puzzler to be missing a piece.

I didn’t blame the company who made the puzzle. My first thought was that I lost it. Or possibly the cat swatted it somewhere. I searched high and low for that puzzle piece. I looked in the garbage (that was seriously nasty). I thought perhaps I had thrown it away in the plastic bag that all the pieces came in. I got a flashlight and looked under cupboards and the table, between cracks and behind the…. hey, wait a minute, hold on, I didn’t check under the refrigerator. Please standby. I’ll be right back.

Ok, I checked under the fridge. It’s not there. Bummer.

If you’re anything like me, you start to think that you’ve seen the missing thing everywhere. Could it have fallen into the register vent? Is the cat hiding it under her paw? (I wouldn’t put it past her.) Should I give the garbage a second go-round? I even “swept the house” in my quest to find the missing piece, but to no avail. At least I got a cleaner house out of it. The only thing I can figure is that the puzzle company didn’t put this particular piece in the box. It would be rare, but it could have happened, especially since I had exhausted all of the other ideas for my being to blame.

Still looking….

It’s been a few days and honestly, I’m still looking for the piece, but now it’s getting ridiculous. Did I put it in my pocket? Is it in my wallet/phone holder? Nope. I finally did email the company and told them that I was missing a piece. Surprisingly, they emailed back within minutes saying they would send me a new puzzle. Of course, they couldn’t send me just the piece I was missing. They would have to send me a whole new puzzle that I would have to put together…again. Which is kind of ok, because I think the puzzles are making me smarter.

One piece makes a world of difference

It’s funny, but in a puzzle, there really is no unimportant piece. If you’re missing just one piece, it will be quite obvious. The puzzle with one piece missing is, for all intents and purposes, ruined. It’s not whole. It’s incomplete and we can feel like we’ve wasted our time putting it all together only to be disappointed and unsatisfied with the results.

It’s funny, but in a puzzle, there really is no unimportant piece. If you’re missing just one piece, it will be quite obvious. The puzzle with one piece missing is, for all intents and purposes, ruined. It’s not whole. It’s incomplete and we can feel like we’ve wasted our time putting it all together only to be disappointed and unsatisfied with the results.

Just like the woman in the Scripture quoted above, she searched until she found the coin. The context of that verse isn’t really about coins, though. It’s about the value of the Kingdom of God and the joy of finding the one who is lost in order to bring them back to peace with God. It’s about the one lost sheep, the one lost coin, and the one lost son. When we are lost, we are distraught, but when we are found we are at peace. Jesus came to bring peace between God and human beings, which incidentally is also our mission as “ministers of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:20).

Looking for peace in all the wrong places

Have you lost your peace? Was it ever in the box to begin with? Have you come to a point in your life when it seems like the puzzle is mostly put together, you’re just starting to figure things out, but there’s a peace missing? Are you going crazy looking everywhere for the peace? Looking under this career and that relationship; trying to find peace in finances or in the garbage can of addiction, and the whole time blaming yourself because you must be overlooking it?

Contact the manufacturer (creator)

As I said, I did send a message to the manufacturer of the puzzle asking them to replace the piece that was missing. It makes sense then to go to our Creator, God, to ask Him to fill our empty spot with peace. He’s got the peace we’re missing, and He has actually already told us where we can find it.

Holding (onto) your peace


The Bible is one of the main places where we will find our missing peace. When we focus on God, we will get perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3), we find this peace guards our hearts and minds when we pray (Philippians 4:6-7), and we will continue to find true peace as we grow in our relationship with our manufacturer (God).

When it all comes down to it, we can stop looking here and there and everywhere for the missing peace. It turns out that Jesus has been holding our peace all along.

Thanks so much for reading!

Shalom,
Big D

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