Yesterday my little sister and I started on a 750-piece puzzle. To my dismay and disappointment, out of the 750 pieces, one was missing.
And that got me thinking. (as conceptual things usually do).
The world is like a giant puzzle; each person a unique puzzle piece. We're all different, and we all have our place. No one is the same. Some pieces are big. Others are small. Some jagged. Some s m o o t h. But we are all important. If even one piece is missing it does not go unnoticed.
Maybe you feel like the missing piece in the world--but you don't feel noticed or seen. You are as absent as you feel.
And it's true that when you first dump out the box of pieces, you won't be able to tell if anyone is missing. And who cares, right? There are plenty of other pieces happy to show up; happy to sprawl out on the table in a mess of colors and shapes.
It's not until someone takes those individual pieces and puts them in their places--creating a bigger picture--that the lost pieces are always noticed.
Even if you feel like a missing piece, forgotten by the world, there IS Someone who sees the bigger picture. Who notices you. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He sees you, and He will always have a place for you. A special place that only YOU can fill.
Remember. YOU are important. YOU matter. YOU have a purpose. You were not put here by accident or by mistake. Without you, the world would be a puzzle with a missing piece.
You are loved.