Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Transformation


September on the lake is bliss; the water is calm 
and delightfully warm, and the bugs plentiful.
We have a good month (at least) left of amazing days on the water.
My favorite time here in North Carolina, 
(and anywhere really) is when the air gets 
cooler and the trees change.

I don't quite feel fall in the air yet, but will patiently wait for it.
Last night around the dinner table I talked to the Nies 
about my desire for the change in the weather.
Summer to fall is my favorite change.
Our conversation then lead perfectly to a discussion about Paul in the Bible.
He had quite a transformation from a Christian-hater to a Apostle of the Lord.
In 2 Corinthians 5:17 we read,
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: 
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
His is an amazing story of change, forgiveness, repentance, and faith.
I asked the Nies to think of examples in nature that go
 through remarkable transformations and become new creatures.
We thought of things like trees, flowers, plants, seeds, 
and then Lottie mentioned the butterfly which is THE perfect example.
I reminded the Nies that we too can change and 
 transform to become "new creatures".
We can be better and we can try harder, and through Christ we can transform
into something greater and more majestic than we even imagined.
That knowledge is so hopeful!