Romans 12:2 (ESV) 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.
Can I speak into your future for a moment? After the coronavirus is in the past…when things are supposed to get back to normal. Friends, things will not be the same normal ever again. The routines of yesterday are forever changed. The schedules from a month ago erased. The brevity of life is firmly etched in our minds. The ideology of normal has vastly changed in the heat of a fiery trial and there is simply no going back. This is not a bad thing. It can be a good thing when God is our Source in uncertainty. God uses every detail of our life for our good and His Glory. (Romans 8:28) He makes everything beautiful in its time – the time that He prescribed. (Ecclesiastes 3:11) He is constantly pursuing us with His Unfailing Love and Goodness. (Psalm 23:6) In the moment of stillness, wrecked by natural helplessness, there is an opportunity to watch and wait for the Lord – welcomed or not. When human perception of control is changed into uncontrollable chaos – it breaks our heart to that which it has conformed to and forces us to be transformed.
When our son was finally cancer free, I spent almost five years of my life trying to regain “normalcy”. I wanted to feel the same. Be the same. Act the same. Believe the same. In some ways, to be transported back to the time before my kid had a death sentence and the dangerous naivety of the brevity and uncertainty of life. I was unable to find it ever again. Instead, I was plunged into darkness, depression, and devastation. The more I wanted my “old life” the further from the shadow of the Almighty I wandered. It is the scheme of the enemy to label transformation as tragedy. To tell us change is chaotic. To press our heart and mind to take control from God rather than to trust and obey. I share this with you to prepare you. To invite you to the process called transformation that can begin now and carry you through some dark days illuminated by Glorious Light.
2 Corinthians 3:18 (ESV) And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
Peace be still! Know that I AM God! These are the Words of God for us in a time of overwhelming fear, excessive worry and society on the verge of complete panic. Stop. Stand still. Let the Living God catch up with you. His Glory is for you. The crazy thing about the Glory of God that I don’t think many people realize is that it is not a take it or leave it kind of encounter. When the Glory of God surrounds us – it always changes us. It will transform us whether that was our intention or not. It will always wreck our normal life. He didn’t call you to live an ordinary life but an extraordinary one. He did not create you to be a natural being but a supernatural one. It is important to let go of the past and embrace the future of what God has for us next. This too shall pass. Normal will not be waiting on the other side. God loves us too much for that.
Ephesians 3:14-21 (ESV) For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.