Do you sometimes think that your life has neither rhyme nor reason. You look back over
the past few years and you wonder to yourself, where am I really going, does any of this make sense? Let me, for a moment dip into the New Testament and into the experience of the apostle Paul. In his letter written to the church at Ephesus, he writes:
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2 verse 10
Here the Greek word translated ‘workmanship’ is “poiema” from which today we get our English word ‘poem’. It is, I think, a rather appropriate metaphor to describe the life of each and every Christian believer. Allow me to expand on what I mean. When Paul was speaking to the churches of Galatia, he wrote about his own coming to faith:
“…God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace …” Galatians 1 verses 15
Paul’s former life was one marked by many violent, unpleasant and frankly dubious chapters. Yet here he informs us that he was “set apart from birth”. So what does that tell us? Well simply that as he now looks back he realises that God, the Divine Poet, had all along being creating an artistic masterpiece. His life was being woven together out of every single event and segment of his life, nothing was being discarded merely because it was messy and discordant. Be encouraged to know that God wants to make your life into a beautiful poem and just because it may not rhyme and line up neatly does not mean that it can have no reason.