[from the 1974 Christian pop musical, Song of Plenty]
GIRL (continuing letter). . .
We were all one in love. Then the speaker looked me straight in the eye and said, “You’re on the up-road now. But you’re only human, just like the rest of us. You’re going to need God’s renewal of your life many times daily to put this new-found love into practice. God’s love can’t be just a feeling.
I bear an image of God,
Though it gets broken many times each day.
When the fire in me dies down, the image shatters,
And I need to be remade.
Every time God looks at me and cannot see Himself,
He sadly smiles a smile so warm it melts my heart.
In the heat of love I’m melted–
Healed, made new, made fresh, made perfect–
In the perfect image of my God.
I bear an image of God,
Though it needs mending many times each day.
When God relights me inside, His spirit glows,
And I know I’ve been remade.
Every time man looks and me and cannot see himself,
He strangely smiles a smile of wonder asking, “Why?”
Then in heat of love I answer,
“It’s not me; it’s my Creator.
Let Him now begin to work in you.”
About this Song:
I must have gotten the idea for this song from Brent Coleman, my pastor at that time, because I dedicated the song to him.
Even though “Image of God” doesn’t specifically reference what the Bible says about Believers being clay in the Potter’s hands, that always comes to mind when I think about this song. When a potter’s work-in-progress isn’t going right, he doesn’t throw the clay away. Instead, he lovingly reworks it until it once again takes on the shape He wants it to be.
God has to do that frequently for each of His children–not because He has failed to carry out His design correctly, but because we somehow fail–through our sins and our disobedience–to let Him do what He wants to do with us and through us. That introduces impurities into His work of art–impurities that need to be dealt with and removed.
The work of any well known artist is easily recognizable–not so much just because it bears his signature, but because its style is so representative of that artist’s style. God wants each of His children to bear such a resemblance to our Maker that other people can tell who He is.
The more like our Maker we are, the more we’ll make others admire Him and want Him to do a similar work in their lives, too. What would be more wonderful than that?
What does this song say to you? I’d love to read your comments.
Coming next Wednesday. . .the final song in Song of Plenty, the monologue that precedes it, and the one that concludes the musical. Audio of the songs from the original performance of this work is available on my website.
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