Be Transformed!

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 Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. 
I Corinthians 13:12

There’s something magical about seeing your work published – and you never know when that moment of joy will come.  You stroll out to your mailbox one day, not expecting anything special; and voilà, there it is.  You rip it open and beam with joy.  After all that work, lots of ups and downs, struggles and triumphs, your initial idea has been transformed, and you are face to face with your words in print.

When we first begin a new writing project we are filled with excitement and hope and promise.  We have no idea what the finished product will look like, but we eagerly rewrite, get critiques, rewrite again and again – all the while watching a transformation take place. We eventually pass it on to an editor and illustrator, where more transformation occurs.  Then eventually, it is finished.

The Shepherd’s Song was like this.  When the idea came, we did not know what the final book would look like.  We had to have faith that our work would be shaped and used by God. We got glimpses of the final book along the way.  First the printed pages.  Then the cover art.  The bound galley.  A jacket proof.  Finally face to face we held the book.

The Christian life too, is filled with ups and downs, struggles and triumphs, joys and sorrows.  Like a book, our lives are being written, edited and transformed.  We start with great excitement and hope and promise; then transformation begins.  It’s hard work, but slowly we are transformed more and more to the image of Christ.

Best of all, there is a moment coming when all the work will be done, and we will see our Savior face to face.  It is hard to imagine what such a moment will be like – the magnification of joy and awe and wonder.

Our experiences in this world teach us about God, and transform us more and more into His image. 

Amazing!

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 

Galatians 6:9

9 Comments on Be Transformed!

  1. katharinetrauger
    June 24, 2014 at 11:47 am (3 years ago)

    I used to wonder why it seems He is always cutting what I think are my best parts, but I am beginning to see He does not want my life to be filled with my best parts, but wants my life to be one of His best parts, in something much grander than I can imagine. I just finished posting Is. 55:8 (…your ways are not My ways…) and it’s about time I began believing it, right?

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    • Writing Sisters
      June 24, 2014 at 12:42 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Katherine, I agree – we can’t see things as God does. He has our best in mind always, grander that we can imagine like you posted. Thanks for your comment. Good to see you here!

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      • katharinetrauger
        June 25, 2014 at 12:56 am (3 years ago)

        Good to be here! My laptop broke, so no blogging for me. Using a micro-mini netbook for reading and commenting, until my son can show me how to use the new laptop. Ha. I’ve caught up on lots of folks, or made a start at it. Probably good for me. Really good to be here!

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    • Writing Sisters
      June 25, 2014 at 9:28 am (3 years ago)

      Hi Lilly, Thanks so much for stopping by and for your encouragement!

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  2. climbingdownhill
    June 25, 2014 at 8:26 am (3 years ago)

    This is so true and written beautifully: Christian life too, is filled with ups and downs, struggles and triumphs, joys and sorrows. Like a book, our lives are being written, edited and transformed. We start with great excitement and hope and promise; then transformation begins. It’s hard work, but slowly we are transformed more and more to the image of Christ.

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    • Writing Sisters
      June 25, 2014 at 9:30 am (3 years ago)

      So true. So glad that God loves us enough to make it happen! Thanks for your comment.

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