I could only imagine what the cashier in the convenience store was thinking when I barged through the door covered with paint, dashed to the freezer section and returned breathlessly with mint chocolate chip ice cream. As I counted out my pennies with green and white splattered hands he (a former student) looked at me quirkily. We’d been transforming my basement with a coat of paint that resembled mint chocolate chip ice cream and the paint slaves had watering mouths. Under his gaze I was aware that in the process of my DIY drama I had transformed from the cleanly dressed meticulous teacher into a splattered, sputtering disheveled Bryers junkie in need of a sweet fix. Chuckling, I briefly updated him on my saga and dashed home to keep the minions running another hour with the sugar rush.
Not just my basement, but so far this year, I’ve confronted numerous transformations or at least the beginning of them. My college-bound child is transforming from a high school student to a man who will be launched into a Military academy. My mother in law was transformed into a widow by the sudden stopping of a heartbeat. Cancer has transformed people that I love. God has transformed unbelievers in my life into Warriors for Him.
Pondering transformation and nature, the butterfly comes to mind as one of the most amazing transformations in the insect world. The Greek word for transformation is metamorphoo (met-am-or-fo’-o)which is why we call what happens to the butterfly Metamorphosis. In all of its stages from egg, to caterpillar to chrysalis to beautiful winged masterpiece, it undergoes obvious transformation.
I came across the verse below and while I’d heard it and studied it before, the word TRANSFORMATION seemed to really jump out at me.
” And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that you may prove what [is] that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Roman’s 12: 2
What does renewing of the mind mean?
Renewing the mind sounds like something we have to do daily. It has a lot to do about where we focus and what we focus on. The Bible says to set our minds on the things above:
“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the cearth.” ~Col 3:2. How can we not focus on this Earth, we live here? Yes, we live here, but we need to remember it is NOT our home. Our true home is in heaven with the Father. So we need to keep focusing on our Heavenly Home.
We are called to focus on spiritual things. Romans 8:5 says: “For hthose who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, [focus on]ithe things of the Spirit.”
When any species goes through metamorphosis it requires fuel for the process…as do we. We need to be mindful of what we are fueling our mind with. If we feed on the “bread of life” or nourish our spirits with the word of God daily, we’ll be fueled up for the transforming of our minds.
And while the transforming of my basement will add resale value, the Transforming of our minds has eternal value.
Point to Ponder: How have you experienced transformation in your life recently?
(Thanks www.lindajackmanphotography.com for these images)