There is a song by music artist Natasha Bedingfield that I have converted into my faith mantra. The song is called Unwritten. It is just one of those songs that speaks and encourages me about walking out my life story but I add God to the mix.
“Today is where your book begins, the rest is still unwritten…” is part of the lyrics and really is to me a reflection of faith. We have all heard the words “unseen” or “blind” in reference to faith in God but I love the image of a blank page. When we decide to follow Christ our story is changed and the ending is blank, ready to be written.
“No one else can feel it for you only you can let it (Him) in”
Many years ago I had a conversation with a friend over her life story. Through life circumstances that were out of her control and from some mistakes she made along the way, she regretted the story she was living. I tried to convince her that God loved her despite her mistakes but she just couldn’t believe that God could overlook her past. She defined herself by the story she lived instead of the possibility of letting God rewrite it for her.
“We’ve been conditioned to not make mistakes, but I can’t live that way, no”
Faith in Christ is our own personal unwritten story. It is a commitment and change to let Christ write our story for us. Too many times in the Christian world we focus on the mistakes instead of reminding ourselves and others that all God wants to do is create a blank page in us where he controls the story.
“Release your inhibitions” (let Christ in)
So many times I have witnessed the miraculous work of stories that were completely rewritten. A marriage that seemed beyond repair became a brand new love story. An addict who was labeled untreatable miraculously never again feels the urge for another drug. Parents united to estranged children. A body given two months to live becomes healthy and lives another thirty years. These stories and countless others were rewritten by the grace and hand of God.
So maybe this song is a bit unorthodox to relate to my walk and faith in God but as the song says, “I break tradition sometimes my tries are outside the lines”. The song is a reminder that God doesn’t want me to write my own story because I will regret it. Perhaps it is a bit “cliché” but God truly wants to “pen the words of my life” but I have to let go and let Him. There is fear in letting go but that is what faith is.
“Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten”