The Poetry of Heaven

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For my mind to stay focused these days, I often have a pen in hand doodling.  It is just the way I am wired.  Scripture comes alive when I can slow down and letter the words.  It is like the pen fuses with my soul.

I don’t know about you, but there never seems enough space to write out my thoughts in teeny print, let alone illustrate them in most Bibles.  I know there is a movement to paint over the words and turn them into a altered page canvas of sorts, but then I can’t go back and read the ones I painted over.  And, well, sigh……. it just doesn’t work for me.

But I found the ESV Interleaved Edition with a whole page blank alternating with the words. Note-taking, doodle-loving, hand-lettering, visual-journaling BLISS.  Be forewarned- this Bible is a weightlifting tool.  But it’s perfect to tuck away at home near your favorite spot to sip your morning coffee.

I’ve been thinking about Eph 2:10 where it talks about us being God’s poetry.  I love word studies, so I rarely make it through a passage without whipping out my lexical aids.  I was stunned as I read through this verse with the Greek definitions.

For we are His workmanship {poema: poetry, fabric, artistry, creation}, created {and founded} in Christ Jesus for good {useful, joyful, happy, excellent, honorable} works {ergon: business, employment, occupation, enterprise, undertaking, any thing accomplished by hand, art, industry, or mind} which God prepared {provided, made ready,  beforehand {in advance} that we should walk {to make one’s way, progress; to make use of opportunities} in them. Eph 2:10 (Michele’s Expanded Version)

I’ve been praying a LOT into this business as missions call. Truly this is as much His idea as sending me to Africa was.  Maybe in some ways even more so, because it is not a path I would have chosen for myself.

If I am God’s poetry, founded and grounded, written in Christ Jesus for joyful and honorable business, enterprise and art that God made ready and provided for in advance for me to make use of His opportunities.  That means all I have to do is lean and listen and step out.  I can be confident just as He provided supernaturally for our needs in South Sudan, He will do so here through these new channels.

I want to encourage you who don’t feel called to Africa or Asia, or to serve overseas at all, you still are vitally involved in missions.  And not just as givers and senders like so many teach.  You are goers called to step out as well.  The Greek word prepare in Ephesians 2:10 is a metaphorical nod to an oriental custom of sending persons to level the roads and make them passable to go before kings when they journeyed.  God so loves us His kids, He has done that for us!

This year the fear of failure needs to bow.  God has made our way passable and given us everything we need to walk in it.  We are the poetry of heaven and the creation of our Father.  Rest friend in that.  You are so very loved.

Spirit, lead me… the prayer of my heart every. single. day.  Print available here