Working out your own salvation (Philippians 2:12) is like solving a 1,000,000 piece puzzle. The Lord saves you, gives you all the pieces you need, and a picture of what the finished product should look like, not to mention the desire to get it done. At first it’s pretty easy. The corners go down right away, followed by the edge pieces. Then you find a distinctive element in the picture and solve that. However, the further you progress, the more difficult it gets as you keep working to solve elements that lack definition. The open sky or sea resembles those grey areas of sanctification that require much discernment. Days or weeks drag on with momentary flashes of excitement when you find a piece that fits. In the end you die with the puzzle unfinished. Then the Lord completes it for you, brings it to life, and you realize it is the glorified you. This is how he sees you, and was the vision he had before the foundation of the world, when he wrote your name in the Book of Life.