Saturday, June 18, 2011

Day 39: Transformed

Romans 12:2
  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

A few years ago I bought a butterfly kit for the kids to watch a few caterpillars turn into butterflies, as part of our nature studies.  It was fascinating to watch this ugly (at least I thought so) caterpillar make a cocoon for itself and hang upside down in its tent-like home.  Patiently, the kids and I watched and waited and watched and waited for this caterpillar to morph into its beautiful state.
Finally, after much anticipation, the cocoons started to break open and these beautiful butterflies broke free and began fluttering around in circles.  It was great watching them flutter around in their newly tranformed state, enjoying their new found freedom.

My kids would agree that the transformation was worth the wait to see the beautiful results that awaited these caterpillars-turned-butterflies.

  Well, over the past month or so, we have waited patiently to see what God  would show us through this process and how he would use this experiment to transform us. 

 Daily, God allowed us to experience His presence and gave us a new way to look at daily living through the eyes of our Savior and with fresh perspective.

 He refreshed our faith and brought new meaning to the "everyday."

Sometimes it takes questioning the reasons behind the
things we do instead of following a pattern, so that we can
 grow instead of remain stagnant. 
So, like the butterflies, did we come out of our
cocoon exuberating radiance?

In Exodus 34:29 we see the results that come from spending
time speaking to the Lord.

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of

the Testimony in his hands, he was not aware that his face was
radiant because he had spoken with the LORD.


Moses glowed because he had been in the
presence of the Almighty. 

Today, I can say I feel like a radiant butterfly who has left the cocoon ready to take flight and carry with me everything I have learned.

I glow, because I have been in the presence of the Lord, daily, for 40 days and 40 nights and I have been transformed.

2 Corinthians 3:18
And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which
comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

He used the ordinary to show us the extraordinary.

Its been a time of growth for our family as God has allowed us to search out these answers sitting at His feet daily and waiting on Him. We have connected more as a family and have seen our children applying spiritual truths to simple everyday occurances.
So as we end our experiment tomorrow, will our life go back to the way it was before?  I hope not! Somethings, will change... I will not be food shopping on a daily basis anymore, but other things, like, our rich time with the Lord will remain the way it is now.  

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