“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.” -Romans 12:2-3
The definition of transformation is: a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance.
Transformation has to be thorough, which causes it to take time.
I’ve entered into a time of waiting. Waiting to hear hidden words in normal conversations, and waiting to become enlightened with what the next piece to the puzzle of my life will be.
While waiting on God’s time has proved time and time again to grow and groom God’s people for their future ministry, waiting isn’t easy.
I have always struggled with being impatient. By living in a world of immediacy, I think it has become way too easy to grow impatient.
“What do you mean my package won’t get here until Tuesday?”
“Why am I having to wait in line at the grocery store?”
” Why won’t the internet connect already?”
Even when I was just simply waiting for my sibling to get out of the restroom, I find myself growing more and more impatient. I find myself wanting instant gratification in everything.
The Bible speaks of seasons of waiting as seeds that will grow overtime. As Christians we use the word “growth” a lot. We might even pray that God would cause us to grow, but not many of us are willing to take the time to actually grow.
From seed to tree transformation occurs, but the tree does not appear suddenly after the seed is planted. The seed has to endure weather of all kinds, it has to dig through layers of dirt and rock to stay connected to its water source, and most importantly, it has to go through the process of growth.
Transformation takes time.
Most everything in the Bible always took waiting for the perfect time to occur.
When God told Abraham he was to have a son, Abraham was 75 years old. Abraham would only receive his son Isaac 25 years later. God promised the Isrialites that they would find The Promised Land, but before they did they wandered in the desert for 40 years. Even when God sent his Son to save us all from our sin, His son spent 30 years growing up so that he could complete His father’s will.
Yet, we still expect change and transformation should happen right after we ask. Sometimes I find myself wanting the fruit-bearing tree right after I planted the seed, but it doesn’t work that way. That is not the process.
Hebrews 6:12 states that through faith and patience we can inherit God’s promises.
If you, like myself, are entering or are already in that process of waiting, be patient with the process and be open to inherit God’s promises in 2021.
Transformation takes time.