Updated: Dec 6, 2019
Transfiguration |(noun)|: A complete change of form or appearance into a more beautiful or spiritual state.
We all have gone through seasons of change; some changes greater than others but moral of the story is that we all have experienced change. We often look back and comment on how much change we have experienced over the course of 5 years or simply 1 year. When I came across the word "transfiguration" I felt the need to look up the definition and to my comfort it explains/describes the season that I've been through. I could easily describe it as going from the caterpillar stage to the beautiful butterfly. Lately I have been feeling like I'm being prepared for a new season and I've been finding myself wondering if I'm ready for the butterfly stage of this new season because in some ways I still feel like a caterpillar. Hear me out.... how is it that during the stages of becoming a butterfly the caterpillar is never questioning if it's ready for the next stage? A caterpillar doesn't try to perfect itself in order to become a butterfly it literally just goes through the season and stays patient. So why do we feel that we have to be perfect in order to move on to the next season of our lives?
I know for me I worry about making the same mistakes and repeating the same habits to the point where I don't give myself or even God for that fact enough credit for the transfiguration that took place in me. I have to come to comforting terms and true understanding that I am not the same Eb that I used to be. We as humans have to learn not to be so hard on ourselves and to be easy on the way that we talk to ourselves about our past. If God doesn't define us by our past then neither should we. If we are transfigured beings turning over a new leaf then we should walk in that newness. I'm learning that I have to make a sound decision about leaving my past exactly where it is and not allow worry or fear that stems from someone who I'm not anymore to ruin the mindset of who I am today.
God gave us peace and a life with no condemnation. He doesn't condemn what He forgave and forgot. We need to rest in knowing that God wouldn't promote us to a season or allow us to experience the many stages to the season if He didn't see that we were ready for it.
My prayer today is that we will be thankful for the transfiguration in us. I pray that we release all worry and fear to God and that we will genuinely see our NEW selves as God sees us. That we will trust God's thoughts on our journey and not lean to our own understanding.
-Yours Truly, Eb