One of my “go away and do nothing” places is the beach near Port Aransas, Texas. My in-laws own a condo down there and it has been my family’s tradition to go down there for a few days every Fall after the vacation season is over and it’s not quite so crowded. The agenda for those few days is pretty simple: do nothing. We go to the beach and do nothing, or we go to the pool and do nothing, or we sit in the room and do nothing. It is wonderful.
Among the “nothingness” we do, there is always a jigsaw puzzle sitting on the coffee table, waiting to be put together. We rarely get it all put together, but nobody seems to mind. It is just something kind of mindless to do while we are doing nothing. One of the challenges to putting together a puzzle is when there are missing pieces. You don’t actually know there are missing pieces unless you get all the other pieces in place. Otherwise, you just figure this one critical piece you’ve been looking for is just mixed in somewhere with all the other pieces. It can be frustrating.
That can be frustrating in the church as well. We cannot seem to find peace about this decision or that decision, we cannot seem to be in consensus about what God wants for us because we still do not have the entire picture. There are pieces missing to the puzzle…people not here. We may not even know there are missing pieces, but there are.
Actually, in most of our churches, we do know there are missing pieces. Very few churches in America get more than 50%-60% involvement from their membership. We may have 1000 names on our roles, but only 500 …