Poetry

Poem

I love poetry. The artistry of poetry is so beautiful, so intricate, and so dazzling to me. When I come across a new poem I particularly adore, it’s like discovering a treasure. So I was absolutely overjoyed to find the word “poem” in God’s word.

 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10

The original Greek word used for masterpiece in the letter to the church at Ephesus is poiema. This is where the English word poem originated from. So you can say we are God’s poem. Poems are the expressions of the poet’s heart. And indeed, we are made in God’s image, but more than that, we exist from His heart’s desires and out of His imagination. We are made of the stuff of God’s dreams and we were created with love.

And why do we exist? We exist to bear His image, much like a poem expresses the poet’s soul. We exist to reflect the image, the glory, the beauty, the majesty, of our Maker.

Why else do we exist? For love. We exist for love. We exist to be loved and to love others.

Knowing who we are and expressing it in abundance begins with our thought lives. Do you know who you are? Do you believe The Great Poet saw you in His imagination and couldn’t not create you because He loved you as soon as He conceived of you? Do you understand that He wanted to share joy, beauty, and the art of life with you? Of course, we live in a fallen world and everything has gone terribly wrong.

God wrote the story of humanity. We messed up the story, and God is rewriting the story into something gloriously beautiful. So God entered the story He wrote and became one walking among us. He loved, He lived, and He died as the perfect sacrifice so you and I could have the opportunity to truly live, to live the abundant life and be God’s poem. Even more miraculously, God enters into, and lives in, those who believe in Him. The Great Poet has entered into His poems!

We are not on our own! God has not left us on our own to work everything out in our own strength. We do not have to manage the difficulties of being God’s poem by ourselves.

We can trust that we are God’s poem. We can also trust that The Great Poet lives inside of us and He wants to come out! What we have to not do is think we are on our own and try to do things on our own. Instead we need to lean deeper into the artistry of God, and let Him guide and lead us through our thought life and yield to His promptings.

You were made to reflect the beauty, love, and hope of God. And as with any creative process, this is a process. Remember that. God pours out His grace and does not expect us to be manufacturing a perfectly holy thought life. Instead what He asks of us is that we would sink deeper into Him and let our thought lives be generated day by day, more and more, by the artistry of The Great Poet.

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Upcoming Events: “Beauty for Ashes” is a creative writing class for those who are looking to experience more beauty in their lives or are currently going through hardships of any kind. A class where stories are written and beauty is explored in depth. For beginning and experienced writers. June 17th for 8 weeks. Tuesday nights 7-9pm. For more information please contact Michelle Mahlstadt @ paradis.michelle@gmail.com.

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