Transition into Transformation

Our country just elected a new president. The common man rose up … the silent majority spoke … the individual acted on their convictions. We are new. We are in transition. We pray for transformation.

Isn’t that what I want for my own life? I want to rise up and begin to think on simple things, a life lived humbly and in service to You, Dear Lord. The strength, after a period of silence, listening for Your still small voice, to speak up for my faith, my beliefs, and my trust that You, Dear Lord, are ABLE. The action required to share, The Good News, and to live my life as an example … exhibiting the love, acceptance, peace, patience, and joy, my Dear Saviour lived and died showing.

I am in transition. I am striving to be and live the life for which You, Dear Lord, created me.

Where to start? I know The Word written in the Bible contains all the directions and guidance I need. I know prayer and time spent with You, Dear Lord, is where You reveal Yourself to me. Time with others seeking to transform their lives gives me insight I may not attain on my own … as well as accountability encouraging me to stay on the path You would have me walk.

This transformation process takes a lifetime, I think. This journey along the paths You would have me follow has many twists and turns. Yet, I can see how You, Dear Lord, have guided me through some of the paths I have mistakenly taken, and used those journeys as teaching tools. I look back and see that You have transformed my life path no matter what dangerous and destructive detours I dared take. Trust is a word I am hearing from You, Dear Lord, as I write. Trust that the transitions I am living through transform my life into the life You would have me live.

Transformation is not a designated, time oriented, appointed arrival. In fact, transformation continues throughout my life here on Earth, and on into my life eternal.

Do not fear, are three words written oh so many times in the Bible. Do not fear … trust that transitions produce transformations in me that will draw me nearer and nearer to You, Dear Lord. Yes, God, You are Good and want only Good for me. You are preparing me through these transitions and transformations to encounter You as the Your precious child, dressed in my Sunday best, patten leather shoes and pocket book, white gloves and white frilly socks, dressy crinolines, and sashes tied in a bow. Fresh scrubbed face and smiling through my tears, I take Your hand, Dear Lord, and we walk into eternity together. Amen

Romans 12:2
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

1 John 3:2-3
Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

Lord, I Want to be a Christian in My Heart
African-American Spiritual

Lord, I want to be a Christian in my heart, in my heart.
Lord, I want to be a Christian in my heart.
In my heart, in my heart, Lord, I want to be a Christian in my heart.

Lord, I want to be more loving in my heart, in my heart.
Lord, I want to be more loving in my heart.
In my heart, in my heart, Lord, I want to be more loving in my heart.

Lord, I want to be more holy in my heart, in my heart.
Lord, I want to be more holy in my heart.
In my heart, in my heart, Lord, I want to be more holy in my heart.

Lord, I want to be like Jesus in my heart, in my heart.
Lord, I want to be like Jesus in my heart.
In my heart, in my heart, Lord, I want to be like Jesus in my heart.

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