Interestingly, I am writing this on 4/12/10, on flight 412 from LAX to DEN. I just thought it was kind of an amazing thing how God uses cues to help clue me in to what He’s working on in me. Just as I was about to board this flight, I realized the number and date irony. Not to mention, it also happens to be my birthday. Okay, enough with the oddities.
After I boarded the plane, I thought perhaps God was using this no-such-thing as-a-coincidence moment to point out something to me. So, I started thumbing through the Scriptures, reading every 4:12 I found. When I reached 1John, I found that I had previously highlighted this verse and it collided in my heart with another verse I was reading earlier today, Romans 12:2, which says “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.”
When I was reading the verse in Romans today, it was part of a Bible study and it challenged us to take a look inside ourselves and start to peel off the layers we build up to cover up the ties that bind us and keep us from a full and intimate relationship with God. It was not an easy thing to begin doing. In fact, it was pretty uncomfortable to be truthful. We all have past hurts, regrets, disappointments and struggles that can prevent us from fully living the life God intends for us. Identifying them and trusting that God can free us from those chains are important steps. As I said, I’m peeling off layers, praying I’ll get to a place where I can be totally free in Him. What’s wonderful is that even when I know I’ve still got a long way to go, I can look back and see how far I’ve come, and rejoice!
The more I chose love, the more transformed to be like Jesus I can become. And that just continues as I mature in my faith journey. What a beautiful gift that is. That is just about the best birthday present I could ask for. Jesus, thank you for your Word. Thank you for leading us to places that help us to seek your will and better know your heart as you take up residence in us and change us to be more like you.