“Yet I still belong to you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny.” (Psalm 73:23-24)
I use a lot of analogies about nature in part because many of Sarah Young’s devotionals refer to different things found in nature, but also because God is so easily seen in nature! After all it is His creation. And hey, all the pretty pictures aren’t bad to look at either. I enjoy finding a unique picture for each of my devotionals.
This picture of Horseshoe Bend in Southern Utah, reminds me of God’s ability to transform us from the inside out. When I look back on the past two and a half years, I’m astonished by what God has done in my life. I’m truly not the girl I once was. However, just like Horsehoe Bend was not carved out of the earth overnight, neither am I yet carved into the woman God desires me to be. I am a work in progress. Sarah reminds us that in order for this transformation to take place we must keep our eyes on Jesus. Our part is not to resist the changes or try to speed them up, but to yield to God’s creative work in us. To “Enjoy the tempo of a God-breathed life” by letting God set the pace.
“So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of God. And the Lord–who is the spirit–makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)
Everything that has happened in my life has been a manifestation of God’s sovereignty. There is no doubt in my mind that God exists and that He is intimately involved in my life. However, it wasn’t until I became a Christian and the “veil” was removed that I was able to truly see and appreciate God’s glory. It wasn’t until I let go of certain things that I witnessed God’s power. God has always been right beside me, I just couldn’t see him.
“Therefore let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name.” (Hebrews 13:15)
Like I said, I am a work in progress, God is not done with me yet. I pray that I still have time here on earth so that others may come to God through hearing my story. I thank God for sweeping the caverns of my soul and washing my cup clean. I pray that I will yield to this process and not try to alter it. I pray that I’ll stay focused on the path God has laid out before me, looking neither in the past nor into the future.