A poem by Anna Louise Smit
Pursuing through fear
Into Your arms so secure
Hearing there Your heart
Past the pain ridden past
Past the sins You’ve flung far into sea
Into my future of hope
Of even my past, purposed good.
Seeing each sin and failing of shame
Nailed to the Cross
And Jesus arising
Resurrecting all dead and dying.
My story is His
It’s always been
Each part of my past, present, coming
His hand is weaving to Life.
Thank You, Father, that You are the God who is penning our stories, weaving us all by the strands of Your grace, Your golden cord of steadfast love connecting us to You, and through You, to each other.
Thank You that we are Your workmanship, Your work of art, created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above – spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which You prepared [for us] beforehand. Thank You that before we were born You knew our every weakness and set paths for us that would enable us so to walk in the good works You prearranged and made ready for us (Ephesians 2:10 AMP).
Thank You that it is not what we don’t have that determines our success but what we already have in You – the fullness of Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 7:11-12). Thank You that it is no longer us who lives, but Christ who lives in us (Galatians 2:20). Thank You that for our sake You made Jesus to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Thank You that You are not in the business of fixing us, but rather in the business of transforming us, by reminding us who we ALREADY are in Christ Jesus. Thank You that we can let go of our old way of striving to be acceptable and instead embrace our new identity as a beloved, fully known and accepted child of God who has nothing to prove.
Thank You that we have been raised in Christ to a new life and are even now seated in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6). Thank You that we can come boldly before Your throne of grace to receive Your mercy and find grace in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16) because neither our sin nor our weakness or struggles define us, but You alone do.
Thank You that You do not call us to nullify either grace or the finished work of the Cross, but to walk in the confidence of one who has been saved and sealed unto eternity (Galatians 2:19-21). Thank You that we are dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus (Romans 6:6-11). Remind us of the gifts You have given us and the calling You spoke over us when we were younger. Thank You that our gifts and calling in You are irrevocable, that they cannot be withdrawn from us (Romans 11:29). Awaken Your dreams and desires in us today.
Thank You that You are not surprised by the prodigal paths we have taken. Thank You that our thoughts are not your thoughts and our ways are not your ways. Thank You that as the heavens are higher than the earth so are Your thoughts higher than our thoughts and Your ways higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9).
Thank You that You chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise and that You chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong (1 Corinthians 1:27). Thank You that You will fulfill Your purposes for us (Psalm 138:8). Thank You that when we are afraid we can put our trust and faith in You (Psalm 56:3). Give us the lens of Your living and active Word that we may see and walk by faith and not by sight. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.