When Spring and Summer finally arrive after a long, harsh winter, I am all about being outdoors. There’s just something about being out in the sunshine and nature that soothes my soul. Since early Spring I’ve been planting flowers. No, that makes it sound too easy. I’ve been raking dead leaves, pulling out weeds, shoveling dirt and breaking my back so that I can plant beautiful flowers in my yard. You see, transformation takes work, pain, and loss. You have to dig out the weeds and make space for new life. Its the same in our hearts as it is in a garden – when we allow for suffering and change to happen, something beautiful is given the chance to bloom and grow.
Romans 8: 5-13 talks about the transformation that happens in our lives when we come to know Christ. We are given a new mind and a new being – meaning we no longer pursue sin or the deeds of the flesh, but rather our minds are set on the desires of God. But even though we are instantly united with Christ at salvation, there is still an ongoing work of transformation as long as we walk this earth.
That ongoing transformation is painful, involves loss, and requires work on our end too. That ongoing transformation is God’s way of making us more like Him. He’s constantly calling us to remove the dead leaves of our past, pull out the weeds of sin, and make space for new life – the new life that He has given us. That ongoing transformation is how we experience both new life and peace.