WWF (Wrestling with the Father, That Is)

Written by Lisa DeVinney on . Posted in poetry

“So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak.
When the man saw that he could not overpower him,
he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched
as he wrestled with the man.
Then the man said, ‘Let me go, for it is daybreak.’
But Jacob replied, ‘I will not let you go unless you bless me.’
…Then he blessed him there. So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying,
‘It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.’”
Genesis 32:24-30 NIV
 
 
We cannot wrestle Father God
And come out still the same.
We may acquire a humbling scar;
We may get a new name.
 
And we can be quite certain that
We will come face to face
With who we really are, and just
How much we need His grace.
 
For in the struggle we may lose
Our self-sufficiency.
But when we do, we find His grace,
His love, His joy, His peace.
 
For He won’t wrestle with us just
To cause us doubts or pain.
Instead, He wrestles with us till
We find our loss is gain.
 
And when we’ve finally overcome,
He’ll send us on our way
Blessed by His grace and mercy, and
A newly strengthened faith.
 
 
“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord,
‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.’”
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
 
 
©Lisa DeVinney, August 2014
[inspired by a sermon of the same title by pastor-friend, John Bartz]
 

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