100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 55
You Are God’s Workmanship (Ephesians 2:10)
I once heard an account of Corrie ten Boom’s typical style of sharing her faith in God with a group of people. The late author and survivor of a German concentration camp had a compelling story, but her presentation may not be what you expect. It is said that she rarely looked up at her audience. It’s not that she had a bad case of stage fright, or she relied heavily on her notes; Corrie was known for working on a cross-stitch design as she spoke. And the conclusion of her message carried a dramatic punch! The backside of the cross-stitch artwork housed a chaotic display of strings and knots. She emphasized that we view our personal lives much the same: Careless actions. Traumatic events. Poor decisions. Countless failures… But, when Corrie reversed the cross-stitch piece and showed her audience the finished artwork, she drove home the point that God carefully places each part of our lives into a beautifully finished tapestry. Nothing is an accident. In fact, every step is meticulously crafted by God’s masterful hands.
In the same way a cross-stitch kit has an image to create and the instructions to assist the crafter in achieving the goal, God has a completed picture of your life. O, and it is so good! Not good as you understand good. God-style good! Beyond what you could hope or even imagine!
All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be (Psalm 139: 16).
Even if the current circumstance or the blow you recently recovered from does not feel particularly good; still, the Father is working it all together for good- like a cross-stitch design yet to showcase its finished beauty.
Child of God, you are “God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance” (Ephesians 2:10). Do not grow weary in doing good. You are promised a harvest if you do not give up. With harvest time comes celebration, so keep your hand to the plow knowing God is doing a good thing in you.
Walk It Out Hear God’s Word and put it into practice (Luke 8:21).
Take some time to write out a timeline of your journey thus far. Include the highlights and the lowlights. Put an ellipsis (dot, dot, dot) at the end of your timeline and write this prayer: Father in heaven, I give You the entirety of my life’s story because I know You have been in it even before my life began in the womb. You know fully what I’m currently facing, and You see the beautiful picture at the culmination of all my days. I trust You, Father, in crafting this life in such a way to tell the story of Your glorious grace.