A few weeks ago I was walking by this park near my house when I came across these lovely trees. I couldn’t help but notice that while all the other trees that lined this block were still green, these two were already changing colors. They looked beautiful, but a bit out of place. I guess that’s what’s to be expected since it was early in the fall season.
Still, the word that came to my mind was: Transition.
Transitions can be messy. They don’t usually happen overnight. It’s a process. In this case, the line of naturally green trees was interrupted by this burst of color.
Isn’t that how our lives can seem sometimes? In some areas, it’s business as usual. In other areas, there is new life springing up! Transformation or growth doesn’t always take place all at once.
Judging by this picture, that’s OK! Just as God designed these trees to change colors at different times, He also designed us to bloom and blossom at different times.
We’re constantly being molded and shaped into the image of Christ and that is no easy feat. It comes in stages, over time, day by day. Little by little.
Wherever you are in your process, could I encourage you to take a breath and smile! Yes, to stop striving so much and to enjoy where you’re at on the way to where you’re headed. Sure you may feel awkward or discombobulated right now, but no worries. God knows what He’s doing!
Let’s let God continue working!
“… being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)
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