True transformation starts on the inside...I often see people posting pictures of their remarkable outer transformation. We admire the hard work and discipline they put into altering their physical bodies by dropping weight and adding muscles. It's great to look at! It's inspiring to all.
But what about a transformation that's more important than that? Because let's face it, you can morph your physical body to replicate Barbie or the Incredible Hulk, but if you're not transformed internally then everything else is meaningless.
This post isn't about some "holy roller" who found Jesus! No!
This is about a girl who was SO lost but now is found.
A girl who was SO blind but now can see!
I remember that girl, all too well. I'm not sure I could ever quite forget her, nor would I want to.
The pain and insecurity she carried was more than she could handle. She would cry in the mirror, every-single-night, wishing that it would be her last day. She numbed her pain with booze, men, drugs and anything else that could temporarily quench her heartache. She was enslaved to the darkness and shackled to its daily (mental) torture.
Some people call this the "rebellious and immature season of life!" I call it, being lost, depressed, hopeless, valueless, shackled, bounded, and in need of true redemption.
Unless you have experienced being filled with fear, doubt, anxiety, insecurity, loneliness, anger, frustration, etc. Then it will be hard for you to understand the importance of being set free of it!
I remember, crying out to God one night from my bedroom (16 years ago), completely exhausted and at the end of myself. Tears rolling down my face I told Him,
"I don't even know if You are real, but I'm tired of doing things my way! Please change me!"
This was my first, authentic encounter with God! There were no bright lights, visions of angels, or an audible voice.
It was just me, an orphan, who found her Father.
My transformation did NOT happen over night. That day, marked the beginning.
In fact, I will continue to transform (into His image) until the day I breathe my last breath!
If you know me personally (before and after) then you can attest to the fact that God transformed me from the inside-out! There is no denying it, no debating it! I am living proof! I have been set free!