Now that there’s been a bit of a break in the steamy weather, my husband and I have been able to renew our summer evening ritual of sitting on the deck to watch the sunset. This practice never gets old, because no two sunsets are alike. As the light fades, we talk about everything from how our day passed to the prospects of our favorite sports teams.
Each evening the color and duration vary because of humidity, presence or absence of clouds, and the slightly different location of the sun as the earth’s tilt shifts. The sky, the clouds, even the land are transformed by the change of light.
One night last week was particularly stunning with soft reds and pinks. As we marveled together, I noticed that even the bricks on the house—and we two sitting on the porch—were momentarily transformed by the setting sun.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. From Romans 12
Like the sky and the land right in front of me each evening, I can be continually changed as I face the light of God’s presence. As a matter of fact, we all are in the process of change. We may not always want to admit it, but it’s true.
So, are we, as Paul said, being changed to be conformed, or to be transformed?
To be conformed is to be like everyone else. To be passive in the face of another’s struggle. To be passive in the face of your own pain.
To be transformed is to welcome the unique character God is giving you, the special place God is sending you, the growth God sends your way. To be open to the new.
To be conformed is to turn your back to the light, to pretend it has nothing to offer, to continue on as always.
To be transformed is to turn your face to the light and to let God change you even as you watch the world around you being changed. To be renewed, over and over, in mind, heart and soul.
© Melissa Bane Sevier, 2011