I used to play basketball a lot better than I can now. Back then, I would play with guys like my brother and friends who knew exactly where each other was on the court. Sometimes when the coordination, timing, and movement on the court was so magnificently orchestrated it was like ‘poetry in motion’. The apostle Paul writes about the unmerited favor of God toward us. His amazing grace creates in us a humble confidence and we begin to realize that He scripted our lives (for the most part) long beforehand. We are his ‘workmanship’ (the revealed idea in His mind, now living and visible). The Greek word for what we are is ‘poiema’. It could rightly be said, we are God’s poetry in motion. May we be that beautiful today. After all, we are living letters read by all men.
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10 NASB
What grace and fluidity, what beauty in word, thought and deed might I exhibit today that would reflect my Maker?
God, as this day begins, I marvel at what You’ve had in mind for us. Yet, often the pressures and distractions, selfishness, and insecurities in me, prevent me from being that beautifully written poem You conceived of long ago. So, I determine today to simply walk in Your ways and to discover the ‘good works’ You have for me. I pause to pray for Maureen (my lovely wife), Keanu, Kaenan, Kai and Iggy Bear Eden, their spouses and future spouse- asking You to nurture them along and guide their every thought today. May we all be a collection of poems pleasing to You.