Ever since our first parents, we have begun the journey of transformations. With the first bite of the forbidden fruit, metamorphosis was redefined. Perfection began its spiraling descent to imperfection. Immortality exchanged her eternal gown for a tattered mortal cloak, as life began its climatic journey to death.
Transformation is therefore part of our society, no matter our preferences. From conception to our present state, we have journeyed a thousand transformations. Physical metamorphosis is built into our DNA. Many don’t question the normality and the uniformity of our natural transformations. This type of change is acceptable. It’s standard, and almost predictable. The norm begins in conception and ends in old age. Whether we accept these transformations or not is irrelevant, because we will change. A baby boy has no say, whether or not he should become an adult…he just becomes one.
However, mental metamorphosis has been our challenge. It’s not as innate as the physical. Neither is it as independent or demanding, because it hinges on our choice. Some mental transformations are needful, such as those that lead us from bondage of all sorts to freedom. Some are coveted, such as those that lead from poverty to riches, or those that lead from failure to success. Other transformations are noble, such as those that drive us from hatred to love. But to endure the journey to such transformation is daunting.
For those who are enslaved, no freedom is won without a fight. For those failing, success requires us to burn the midnight oil. For the sinner, the journey to sainthood, is full of tribulations. No wonder, the journey is so difficult. It’s like asking a crippled man to take his first step. Because, he must first believe that he truly can, and fight with every resistant muscle to move, until it does. A crippled man’s challenge is very representative of the battle in our transformation. It seems impossible at first, until we take a few steps. Only if the addict would fight every desire for his craving, to yearn for wholesomeness. Only if those failing, would overcome doubt and take every risky step to success. To say the journey of our transformations demands anything less would be to belittle the journey, because the journey must break and rebuild us.
Since the fall, many aim to climb the holy and elevated hill back to perfection. As is expected, this hill is a circuitous path of transformations. Many want to climb the hill. Many begin the journey without finishing. Many don’t know the path. Many have a hard time making the choice, and choosing to stay on the path.
Every journey has a defined path. True mental metamorphosis also has a path…Jesus Christ is the way. Still, many people define their own path. This deviates their direction, distorts the purpose and confuses their perspectives. For example, when a man suddenly decides that he was born to be a woman, this indicates a few things. It insults the Creator who placed him in the womb. It hampers physical metamorphosis and significantly shifts mental metamorphosis. Therefore, as we make choices to transform, we must be aware that our choices are as much our damnation as they are our redemption.
In order to avoid such distortion in our journeys to transform, learn from the tree.
- A tree knows the season for transformation. Other than physical transformation, there comes a time in our lives when we must put off the old man and build up the new man (Ephesians 4:22). That time is now; every day we should overcome the evil within and pursue goodness as revealed in the life of Jesus Christ our example. In addition to that, every day is always a season, to walk away from those things that hold us in bondage, to choose love over hatred and to strive for a successful life according to God’s will.
- A tree is known by its leaves. In the fall or autumn, the leaves of the tree changes colors, but no leaf decides to be born of a different tree. Jesus Christ said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” ( John 15:5). God expects us to change, just as much as the leaves expect to change. However, we must stay close to the vine and any deviation is not the type of transformation He expects of us. We can’t decide that we want to be an apple leaf, when we came from a cherry tree.
- The tree knows that transformation is slow, but steady. Could a tree choose, perhaps it would never endure fall, when all its leaves are blown away. Maybe it would prefer to avoid the bitter winter cold when the branches dry up. But the tree understands that transformations are tedious journeys. They won’t happen overnight just as much as autumn doesn’t suddenly becomes spring. The bitter cold winter is in the middle. Transformations are full of battles, but the tree knows that after winter, spring will come. When it does, it will breed a new tree bursting forth with beautiful blossoms and flush with a wealth of new green leaves.
- The tree knows that autumn comes every year, and brings with it another season of transformations. As it grows, the tree knows that it must transform, according to the seasons of life. If it is to grow, if it is to build a forest, it must transform. If it is to be nest for the birds, give shelter to weary feet and rescue to the those in danger, it must transform.
In our lifetime, we should experience a thousand transformations. In the lifetime of a tree, how many does it experience? Should we be content to remain as we are? Transformation is therefore our requirement and responsibility, because if we want to crossover, we must begin the journey. This series is about crossing over (this is not about ghost stories). This is about change, getting back to perfection. Crossing over, stepping over the line or breaking through the walls of our boundaries to realize our fullest potential through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Ephesians 4: 22, “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.“