The Rev. Tim Douglas: Time to morph

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Change happens. Yes, the morning air has become crisp, and the leaves have changed and are falling from the tree in my backyard in greater amounts each day. There are some changes that occur that none of us can control.

Ecclesiastes 3 tells us that there is a time and season for everything under the sun.

I encourage you to read that chapter today. I know people in our community that have entered a season that was unexpected and they had no control over just as I cannot stop the leaves from falling from the tree. It is a fact of life that there are some changes that are beyond our control.

However, there is one change that we are in complete control of — a spiritual transformation in our lives.

A couple of years ago, I read a book on spiritual transformation that really challenged me. The author told a personal story about ministry work he did in a hospital, more like an institution for the terminally ill.

His first week, he was sent by the nursing staff to visit an elderly woman. He recalls walking down the hall and the smell of urine and other odors that would almost take his breath.

As he walked down the hall, he saw a woman bent over to one side in a wheelchair and she was groaning as if in pain. And then he realized she was humming a tune.

As he got closer he saw her face, which was badly deformed. Her nose was practically gone and her mouth was distorted to one side and she had a constant drool from her mouth.

He noticed her eyes were yellowish with no pupil showing. She was blind.

But the thing he noticed most of all was she had in one hand a rose. As he approached her she heard him and in a slurred soft voice asked if he wanted a rose in Jesus’ name.

Shocked that she offered, he stopped and asked why she was giving her beautiful rose away. The woman replied that she wanted to share the love of Jesus with someone.

Surprised with her answer he asked if he could help her to her room so they could talk. She agreed and he pulled up a chair and began to talk with her.

The woman shared that she had been in that very hospital for more than 30 years and every week she would have a few roses brought to her by staff and she would give them away to people and talk to them about Jesus.

The author wrote that she became his favorite person to visit in the hospital. Every time he would visit she would talk about how good Jesus had been and still is to her. She would do her best to sing some of the old hymns as well.

Romans 12:2 says that we are not to conform to this world but be “transformed.” This word used for transformed is metamorphoo, where we get our word metamorphosis.

There are changes in life that we cannot control but we can be transformed and spiritually renewed and strengthened by the Holy Spirit to endure those seasons of life God allows.

What season are you going through? God bless.

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