“And I said, ‘What shall I do, Lord?’ And the Lord said to me, ‘Rise, and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all that is appointed for you to do.’” (Acts 22:10)
Everyone loves a story of transformation, like a caterpillar changing into a beautiful butterfly. In the Bible, a favorite for many is the transformation of Saul to Paul on the road to Damascus. Whether it's witnessing God's hand of transformation in nature or in biblical accounts, I think we are all drawn to the hope and celebration found within transformation.
Personally, I love telling a story of transformation in my own life … but generally in the past tense. You know — once the story is actually over, once I am transformed, and once I can put a period on the end of that sentence and tie it up in a neat little box with a bow. I want to be that pretty transformed butterfly and fly away. I think it's the story we all want to tell. It has a beginning, a middle and an end.
Yet, transformation suggests a process — an ongoing story that is not yet finished. I imagine even Paul, on that road to Damascus, had a lot of unknowns and what ifs. Jesus encountered Paul and called to him, “rise and go.” I think God speaks to us much the same.
God calls me to put my trust in Him and walk with Him where He will daily provide for me and daily transform me. He calls me to rise and go – to follow Him – even in the midst of feeling like life has been turned upside down, wanting answers and solutions, aching, and feeling lost, insecure and afraid. In this process, I stumble, fall, get better and even take a step backward; however, through it all, as I follow Him, He continually molds me and transforms me.
I am discovering the miracle of living in this process of transformation. I am always seeking, learning, growing and becoming closer to the One who has called out to me “rise and go.”
Rest in His presence in your life, and trust in the process of transformation. Keep coming to Jesus to be shaped and transformed by His love. He is never too busy, will never forsake you and will never leave you. He offers a listening ear and an open heart, and longs to simply spend time with you.
Our God Hears,